Hey, Don’t Miss that Blind Spot!

Blind Spot Test
Blind Spot Test

Hey everyone. It’s Poppy here, your resident go-to girl for matters on science! Now, I know you might not like going to science class, but I’m going to tell you some cool stuff I learned from a psychologist I met at a college I visited with my mom. They were talking about the brain, and what happens in order for us to see something. The diagrams looked really complicated, but when she broke it down, I learned something really awesome about our vision!

We have something called a blind spot. And, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. It’s an actual spot where we can’t see. How does this happen? Well, let’s start from the beginning. When we look at an object, say a red apple, it sends physical waves to our eyes that move through the different parts of the eye. You know about your pupil, right? Well, that is just one of the many muscular components that make up our eyes, and allow us to see. Apparently, the pupil is actually a hole that is made from a gap in our eye muscles! Our eyes transfer those physical waves from muscle to muscle until they reach the site of transduction, which means they get turned into something called neural impulses. Now, I know it may seem like a lot of big words, which is what I thought, but the psychologist explained it to me in a simple way: the waves go through the eye, get to a site where things change, and then they come out as messages that are sent to our brains. Those messages tell us what we are seeing, and that we can out the image in our memory.

So, where does this whole blind spot come in? That has to do with memory. Our eyes don’t actually cover all the physical space in front of us when looking at a specific point. There is a spot that we can’t see, but we don’t see a hole or black spot there. Instead, our brain fills it in with our memories of familiar objects. For instance, if we only see a portion of something red, round, smooth, and shiny, our brain registers that the object is an apple. It does the same thing here, which is why we can’t see the blind spot. One way to know it’s there, though, is to look an object with one eye closed, and then switch eyes. The object isn’t in the same place, is it? This means that there is a blind spot, and that our brain fills it in for us! See, science isn’t always about words on a textbook- it can tell us cool things that our bodies do that we didn’t even know about!

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

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New Year’s Resolutions – Start Small for Big Results!

Making New Year's Resolutions that Count
Making New Year's Resolutions that Count

Hey everyone! I’m super excited about the new year, and I really think 2010 is going to good. On New Year’s Eve, we hear everyone making resolutions. After always making them and never following through, I decided to listen to some friends’ and adults’ resolutions, and see if they ever follow through with them.

I heard a lot of my friends make resolutions like getting a new item (like some kind of electronic) or saving enough to buy something. I heard a lot of adults make resolutions to lose weight, be more active, or change their lives. So far, almost everyone I talked to told me that they never really follow through with their resolutions. After all, it’s really hard to achieve something for an entire year. So, I was wondering: what is the secret to making and completing a New Year’s resolution?

Don’t fear, GirlMoguls, I have found the answer! The key to making a good New Year’s resolution is starting small! I know, it sounds weird right? But, I found out from my mom and her friends that the most successful resolutions were the ones that were easy to do every day, and consistently. For instance, my mom made the resolution to start a savings fund, but did it by putting away one dollar every single day in the morning. And, guess what? She did it! It was a small task that she could incorporate into her every day routine, making it a resolution she could achieve. So, remember GirlMoguls, when you are thinking of that kind of resolution to make this year, try and think of something small that you can incorporate into your everyday life. My resolution is going to be what my mom did, I think it’s a great and easy way to save up for the future. What’s your resolution for 2010?

GirlMogul Lily
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