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April 27, 2012 / Paran23

Alzheimer’s Dementia – The Facts Behind the Story

Most of us think about the implications of old age. Dementia is one of the issues in aging. ‘A fresher mind’ is a well written article to understand the current trend and findings about Alzheimer’s Dementia. Various tools are used in science writings to communicate the science facts to ordinary people. It is like drawing a picture in various layers to get the real image. The facts are important in an article; however, the accessibility of the writing is equally important in the success of the article.

The art of storytelling is one of the important tools in accessing the scientific facts to the public. The stories are very useful to give the facts in an understandable and easier way. Clare Pain used the story of the old lady – Mrs.Pain to introduce the topic Alzheimer’s dementia in an attractive and simple way.

The information is sometimes harder to describe in words. The pictures are useful in such times. Colourful X-ray like appearance of the picture with focus on the brain adds the informative value to the article.

A fresher mind, the topic gives a fresh insight of the current issues in mind.

The importance of giving reliable, correct but different views in an easy language is another aspect of accessibility of the information. Clare Pain described in a systematic manner the current concepts, the evidences and the contradictions in the concepts about the process of Alzheimer’s dementia. Few aspects of the writing are not agreeable to me. For example, It was mentioned in the writing that the researchers do not know each other’s work.  However, most of the contents are balanced.

In conclusion, the writing – A fresher mind, has many features in the accessibility of the article to general public.

Photograph: West, C (2011). Drawing the perfect sea lion, SALON

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  1. noelynn / Apr 28 2012 12:27 pm

    The post was a good one. I like the images used. The three images sequently portrayed how one can effectively structure, argue or support the content and wrap it all up with a fine summary. It is a skill of effectively communicating or writing. Though the content is not about the sea lions, the image chosen stages the procedures of science writing to communicate facts.

    Here, I kind of figure it all as the images are used as an analogy or reliable means of spelling out facts. Apart from storytelling, this in itself is a systematic means to organize the concepts in terms of the evidences and the contradictions.

    Good work, enjoyed reading through the post, it was simple and friendly.

  2. alistairsisson / Apr 30 2012 1:12 pm

    Your post was nice and concise, though i think it would have benefitted from a few more examples from the text. You find it accessible, but don’t really show us how.

    The first paragraph could perhaps have elaborated further on dementia; there’s nothing I fear more than becoming a senile and crippled old man. (Crocodiles, maybe). That, I think, would have really drawn us readers in for you to convince us of the merits of the article.

    But, other than that, and a couple of grammar errors, good job!

  3. Paran23 / Apr 30 2012 1:52 pm

    Thank you Noelynn, Alistair for your comments. Initially word limit was my worry. Still I could have managed with few examples.

  4. JamieAlexandraGraves / Apr 30 2012 3:33 pm

    A simple and concise summary of the article “A Fresher Mind” by Clare Pain.

    I like that you have incorporated the example of the old woman “Mrs Pain”. I believe that this was a key example of how Clare introduced her topic of Alzheimer’s Dementia in a simple and relatable way, making it a great example of how she’s created accessibility in her writing – good job

    However, a few more examples to support and back up this one wouldn’t hurt.

    For example in Clare’s article, the scientist Villeda who surgically conjoined two mice to see the affects of mixed blood supply on the development of Alzheimer’s Dementia comparatively between a young and an older mouse is incredible!!! This example would have been useful to back up your statement “A fresher mind, the topic gives a fresh insight of the current issues in mind.” And is yet a scientific example that is still relatively easy to understand (is still accessible).

    Other than that is was a short and pleasant read 🙂

  5. muza2009 / Apr 30 2012 11:20 pm

    I agree with Alistair and Jamie’s comments about using more examples from the reading to illustrate accessibility such as where you wrote ” For example, It was mentioned in the writing that the researchers do not know each other’s work.  However, most of the contents are balanced.”

  6. fullclever / May 1 2012 2:12 am

    Hi, Paran
    Your post is interesting and engaging. You really spoke about the main techniques used by Claire Pain. Did you notice that the example refers to someone with the same Surname, Pain? Is she related to Mrs Pain?
    The only comment I have is about your conclusion. The main question is “What techniques does the author use to make the science in this article accessible to the lay reader?”. You can not just say “many” without discriminating or listing them.
    But the overall work in your post is good.

  7. gracerussell1 / May 1 2012 4:45 am

    The explanation of the different techniques used is useful to the reader of your blog post. You made your writing easily accessible for anyone. However i found you only really came to ‘discussing’ important points in your last paragraph. The previous paragraphs, although well written, is simply an overview of the techniques. I would of liked to see more of a conversation, or even an argument about such points raised. And hence enables the people commenting to have a discussion themselves, instead of just writing about your writing.

  8. Paran23 / May 2 2012 5:21 am

    Thank you for the comments. This is a good discussion forum. I don’t think any unanswered questions here. If any please comment. Cheers.

  9. kellyfitzsimons1 / May 3 2012 4:13 am

    I also agree that your post is concise, easy to read and engaging. I especially liked the group of three images at the beginning of your blog. Like noelynn mentioned, even though the content is not about sea lions the images are a symbol of how various tools (such as anecdotes, personification ect) are used to communicate science. You explained this very well in your first paragraph :

    ” It is like drawing a picture in various layers to get the real image.”

    I would have liked you to explain in more detail the specific features of the article that make it accessible to the general public. Like gracerussell1 mentioned, you explain the techniques well however it would have been good to follow this up with some specific examples like JamieAlexandraGraves provided.

    You explained that often images were a great tool to adopt to demonstrate a complex idea. Although, I enjoyed the colourful X-ray of the brain in the article, I don’t think it added much information to it, but rather just caught my attention. What are your thoughts?

    Well done!

  10. suyinnn / May 3 2012 1:14 pm

    Hello! I like the images of the sea lion used, and what you stated in the first paragraph ‘drawing a picture in various layers to get the real image’.

    I do agree with you that ‘The art of storytelling is one of the important tools in accessing the scientific facts to the public’. It is also easier to explain facts by telling a story than just stating lengthy scientific terms that are difficult to comprehend.

    Alzheimer’s Dementia was a topic I did for a lab report last semester, and needless to say, I had to do a whole lot of research on it that was both physically and mentally tiring.

    I agree that using analogy and images does help the reader to understand the context in a different way, and bringing light to a different area.

    Good job!

  11. lachlanpetersen / May 4 2012 9:02 am

    I really liked your image, but I think it could get a bit confusing when your title talks about Alzheimer’s disease and then you have a sea lion directly underneath it. My first thought was that there was a study on senile sea lions, which is not the case.

    I do like what your getting at with your post, but I think it could have been structured better. The link between the story telling technique, dementia and the actual article itself was not entirely clear.

    But all in all, a short, concise post.

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