New animated teaching tool developed: Animating Hebb’s Three Postulates: from Brain to Soma

UBC Biology student Soma Barsen has developed a hand-drawn animated video to communicate some very complex behavioural neuroscience concepts. Barsen developed this as part of a Directed Studies course under the supervision of UBC Psychology Instructor Dr. Steven J. Barnes.  The video was edited by UBC Film student, Linnea Ritland.

The video, “Animating Hebb’s Three Postulates: from Brain to Soma,” was presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting on October 18, 2015 to much acclaim. The video is largely about Donald Hebb’s three postulates, as presented in his book “The Organization of Behaviour”—these three postulates formed the foundation for modern behavioural neuroscience. The video animates Hebb’s three postulates to guide a multi-level understanding of the mechanisms by which the nervous system stores and interacts with information. The video also animates and deals with another complex topic: long-term potentiation (LTP).  Moreover, it illustrates the relationship between Hebb’s three postulates and the phenomenon of LTP.