Science and sushi art? WHY NOT!
Janelle Letzen is a scientist with a strong passion for Japanese food. She works at Johns Hopkins University and combines medical science with sushi art. The postdoctoral research fellow uses tuna, rice, wasabi and avocado to visually explain complex processes in human brain.
Letzen’s mouth-watering hobby began in 2017, when she made a New Year resolution to learn something new. She chose sushi art and fell in love with it, because she found a way to explain neuroscience using brightly colored fish.
Letzen says that her work is a part of a large movement — creating of “scienstagrams”. Teachers and scientists use them to make science understandable for mainstream audience.
“I’m also trying to target more informal learners as well, by making science more tangible,” Letzen wrote.
This is the taste buds structure. Taste buds help us appreciate countless flavors of our favorite food. Our tongue has from 2,000 to 8,000 of these. Yummy!
That’s how dopamine works. It is a chemical released by brain neurons and it’s responsible for almost any aspect of our behavior — love, motivation, attention, addiction. This image alone can give you a dopamine boost!
Brain image blobs sketched with tuna and ginger. Usually you can see similar pictures produced by MRI machines, but they certainly look much more attractive in Aliyah’s visual.
You would like to eat that concussion, but you would not like to have one. A concussion occurs when the brain is jostled in your skull. To repair the stressed brain cells, you need energy.
This aphasia scheme proves that you can explain almost any concept with sushi!
You can even sketch a rat…
…or celebrate a Brain Awareness Week.
Followers often ask Aliyah about sushi’s fate after it’s photographed.
She eats it, of course.
Source: Janelle Letzen
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