My fascination with the brain began, seemingly late in life, when I was in my late 20's and was discovering cognitive psychology. But, I didn't really get hooked on learning about the brain until I was delving into becoming "Trauma Informed" and read two key books. The Whole Brain Child, by Dan Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson changed my relationship with my self, my parents and my own son. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk awakened me to the nature of my own brain development throughout my experiences with childhood trauma, learning, healing and success.
The first time I made a brain sculpture was with my son at the age of 6 and it was actually his idea. I remember one day after we had built this brain, we had a particularly interesting conversation that I will never forget.
M: You know buddy, when I was a kid, no one taught me about my brain.
B: What!? Why not!?
M: I don't think that they knew that you could or should.
B: Really!? Why not!?
M: Brain Science wasn't very developed back then, I guess.
B: Wow! Did you have cars when you were a kid?
M: Yes, we had cars.