Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Copilot - A Wonderful Resource for Learning

 I will say at the beginning I wish I had Copilot in high school as well as in college and can understand how this could benefit the students of today in so many ways.

Terminology can often be a drawback to any independent studies and was a problem for me in my early years in school. I am currently taking an online class and attempting to learn about Cognitive Psychology. In my reading I came across the use of the word” temporal” and, following what I had been taught in high school, I went to the dictionary and looked up the definition. 

The same problem began to occur, as it did when I was in college. There were 3 definitions, and I would have asked a classmate, and possibly a professor, how the word was to be interpreted and how research would use this: denotatively, connotatively, and perhaps even philosophically. There would be a discussion and I would become wiser. 

In this case I am learning at home, in a field of study in which I am a neophyte, and no one to talk to. I have no place to turn.

And then I thought “what about Copilot?” I have been using Copilot to get better search results but not quite in the same way.

So, I asked Copilot the following question: “What does the term "temporal" mean to a brain scientist?

And what to my wondering eyes did appear?

An answer which was quick and quite clear,

The answer also included resource links at the bottom to go deeper. The following is the answer from Copilot in Microsoft Edge.


“To a brain scientist, the term “temporal” often relates to the temporal lobe, which is one of the four main lobes of the cerebral cortex in the brain. The temporal lobe plays a crucial role in various functions such as:

  1. Auditory Processing: It houses the primary auditory cortex responsible for interpreting sounds.
  2. Memory Formation: The hippocampus, located in the medial temporal lobe, is essential for converting short-term memories into long-term ones and for spatial navigation.
  3. Language Comprehension: Wernicke’s area, within the temporal lobe, is key for understanding spoken and written language.
  4. Emotion and Social Processing: The amygdala, also in the medial temporal lobe, is involved in emotional responses and social cognition1.

Additionally, brain scientists study “time cells” in the hippocampus that encode the flow of time, which are thought to be crucial for sequencing events in our memories2. The concept of temporality also extends to the subjective experience of time, known as time perception or chronoception, which is the sense of the duration and unfolding of events3.

Overall, the temporal aspect of brain science encompasses both the physical structure of the temporal lobe and the abstract concept of time as it relates to memory, perception, and cognition.

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I followed up on a couple of the links provided and found information which was also quite interesting and made this learning experience much more valuable. This will not make me a brain scientist however it will allow me to understand both the term, and how it is meant to be used in the paper I am reading.