AN INTERACTIVE EXPLANATION
only skims the surface of psychology/neuroscience,
so if you want a deeper dive, do check out
this Crash Course video
on conditioning, and these Wikipedia articles on
But the most important concept I wanted to introduce here was
exposure therapy, which is part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
CBT is basically being mindful of your crappy neural connections,
and gaining skills to retrain those connections.
The article that most helped me understand CBT —
and had a huge impact on my personal life —
is this article,
CBT is for Hackers
(Also, go read the
book on CBT,
by David Burns.)
So that's the further reading on brain stuff.
The other part of Neurons
is its weird interactive format,
a hybrid of "game" and animated explainers like Vi Hart, CGP Grey, and Kurzgesagt.
I was inspired by Bret Victor's 2011 article,
another interactive hybrid.
Here's some behind-the-scenes blog posts I wrote on Neurotic Neurons:
the creation process
the design lessons learnt
and my confessions of what I simplified
If you gots questions, please tweet me at
DID I MENTION IT'S ALL OPEN SOURCE?
Specifically, I'm dedicating Neurons
to the public domain, via
Creative Commons Zero
That means, if you want to translate this,
show it in your classroom,
or use the art/code to build your own thing,
you already have my permission!
HOW TO TRANSLATE THEM CAPTIONS
There Are 22(!) Translations So Far:
- First off, you're awesome.
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(also: what name you want me to credit
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- Wait for me to finally get off my bum and add your translation.
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