Superheroes, Villains, Sidekicks, and the Brain

February 2, 2018

Lil’ Pons, Amy Dala, Lady Cerebellum, Occipital Oscar were some of the superheroes, villains, and sidekicks that entered the classroom discussion recently in psychology honors.  Students applied concepts discussed about brain parts and their functions in the project. The task was to create six characters in which each character had magnified abilities based on selective sites of the brain. In addition, a backstory had to be constructed to explain how the super power was obtained, as well as, explaining how it is currently used. 

For example the villain, Shadowrunner, whose super power is from the hippocampus and amygdala, creates fear in innocent civilians by inserting evil memories into people’s minds.  His aggressive and fear-generating behavior is due to his enlarged amygdala.  Meanwhile, Benjamin Dover’s ‘accident with water and electricity’ created an alter-ego named Screamo whose frontal lobe, pons, and reticular formation were enhanced in the accident.  Screamo protects people by alerting them with blasting sound waves so that their heart rate is kept beating effectively.  So as the crime fighters and problem makers made their entry into the brain world, students were able to gain more insight into the workings of the brain.