the most interesting (to me) part of my research is the brain scans of neglected children. it’s honestly very hard to remember that our RADicals really can’t think right. they’re so smart, they should be able to think! but when they’re scared, have to make a decision, think they might get in trouble, etc, their brains do not function as they should. they revert back to their hypothalamus (or something, the base part of their brain that toddlers use, hey, it’s 3am) instead of the frontal cortex where complex (and common sense) thinking takes place. in that moment (and oh there are so many of those moments) they literally can not think. they’re not stupid! they’re both very intelligent, their brains just don’t work all the time.