Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Third Thumb Research

“The NVIV (Next Vista Inspiring Video) series of posts are written by Rushton Hurley and designed to provide students and teachers with fascinating discussion prompts.”

In Third Thumb Research, Rushton features a video that shares what researchers are learning about a possible third thumb and the impact it can make.

Rushton gives the following prompts to accompany this video:

“Start with what you could do with another thumb on your hand. What uses does the video show? What else might be possible?

Consider now that this is a video put together by a research team about their work. Have you ever used a video to tell a serious story? Why might you use a video instead of some other way of sharing what you know?”

I love when we ask students to think outside the box and look at new possibilities. I thought that something like this would be great for people who may have lost their other hand. It seemed like this extra thumb let people do things with one hand that normally needed two hands. It also seemed as if the brain was able to adapt to using the extra thumb rather quickly. I almost wish that I could give that a try!

Please check out the video and think of other prompts you might come up with. Please share.

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