The Thinking Cap by Matthew Buchanan

The Thinking Cap by Matthew Buchanan

This piece of art was created for me by my amazing grandmother Marion Buchanan. Over my last four years as a cognitive science/neuroscience student at Carleton University I’ve fallen in love with brain and the mind. Grandmother’s are awesome because they listen and care so much. When I was a child I used to love the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and she used to give me books about them, and Christmas sweaters knitted with mounties on them. Now, when my grandma found out how much I loved the brain and mind, her creative mind inspired her to create this incredibly thoughtful piece of art for me. I absolutely love my brain hat, and I love that she took the time and effort to make it for me. Since it isn’t something I would really wear all of the time, I take every opportunity that I get to show it off to people who would appreciate it. I like to wear it at my lab meetings sometimes, or to my cognitive science/neuroscience classes. I bring it around with me a lot and get excited to show it to new people that I know love the brain just as much as myself. And I couldn’t think of a better place to showcase it than at a brain and mental health art show. The best part is when people ask where I got it, and I get to tell them that my grandma made it for me. It’s awesome because I feel like when I tell people that my grandma made it that they almost immediately fall in love with her because of how sweet and thoughtful she is. And it’s great because I feel that is the effect she always has on people – that grandmothers are filled with such an abundance of unconditional love that even upon first encounters people don’t even want to call her Marion, they want to call her grandma.

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