A very rare surgery severe epileptic patients can receive is one of severing the corpus callosum, which helps both the left and right hemispheres communicate with one another. Well, some pretty interesting stuff occurs in these patients. It turns out, that when the dear corpus callosum is severed, the patient seems to have “two” brains because of the inability for those halves to communicate. To put this in perspective, here is a video with good ole Alan Alda that explains this process much better than I do…Enjoy!
As of recently, my good friend Noodles and I are learning about ethical standards to be followed during psychological experiments for that Research Methods class of ours. Specifically, we’ve been learned what not to do. For instance, do not lead participants believe that they are killing anyone. That’s just mean in itself. I would be so conflicted about myself as a human being if I were one. Eeesh… Yup, that’s what I learned. Enjoy watching.
I made the NDSU newsletter! Or at least, my research group did…This mainly includes work shown in our first paper, and I am still working with a wonderful lady on writing the second. Crossing my fingers, knocking on wood, and wishing on a fallen star that it goes well. Well, folks…here it is. I’m so proud of the work we have done and am so thankful for the lovely people in the Civil Engineering department that helped me get involved in research.
Learned some pretty nifty stuff this week in my Neuropsychology class. Fun fact: Did you know that the same area of the brain that is active when carrying out an action (pre motor cortex) is as active when you think, watch, or imagine carrying out the action? That’s right…my daydreaming has increased ma skills.
In fact, there is a story of an American soldier who spent time in a Prisoner of War Camp who, by just thinking about playing golf, became this phenomenal golf player when he was released. Read this story for a bit more insight: http://greatgolferwithin.com/102/an-incredible-visualization-story/. They call it visualization, but what really happened is that his pre motor cortex went through some heavy-duty firing.
First thing I really do have to say…poor man. Imagine having only having your thoughts to keep you company for seven years. No matter how much we all can hate war and all that blah blah blah. I know I’m not a fan of people dying for dumb reasons, but he sure better get some appreciation there! Second thing: That is some pretty powerful stuff right there. Science has yet again proved the power of…IMAGINATION