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Some Cool Psychological Stuff…

Published March 13, 2014 by konchk

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!

 

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Research Work I Am Proud To Be A Part Of

Published February 20, 2014 by konchk

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.

http://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/11901/

What Neuropsychologists Have To Say Concerning the So-Called Laziness Daydreamers Exhibit

Published February 13, 2014 by konchk

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

What Neuropsychology Has to Say About Male/Female Minds

Published February 6, 2014 by konchk

Male and Female Brains

I am, as of now, looking for another way to side-track myself from perfecting my essay for Neuropsychology. Paper due tomorrow. It’s a pretty cool article that I need to kick my butt into gear and write about, if I must say so myself. Put this on your must-read list: https://bb.ndsu.nodak.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-2590604-dt-content-rid-11339623_2/courses/143-NDSU-16053/PNAS-2013-Ingalhalikar-1316909110.pdf

In short, there are a bunch of fancy words that basically say what we all know about the differences of the brain structures of dudes and dudettes. Basically, guys can only think about one thing at a time and gals think about everything all at one moment. I’ll try explaining it in better terms: Men have faster neural connections in one hemisphere at a given time, while women have faster neural connections between both left and right hemispheres.

This makes it so dudes can perform on spatial and motor related tasks. For example: Man sees how far away football is. Man can catch football. Ladies, on the other hand, are able to use those interconnections in both left and right hemispheres to, let me quote: “to facilitate communication between analytical and intuitive processing modes”(Ingalhalikar, Smith, Parker, Satterthwaite, Elliot, Ruparel, Hakonarson, Gur, Gur, & Verma, 2013). Basically, ladies focus on memory and social communication with other humans. For example: Lady looks for ways to assess and understand social situations so she can make problem-solving decisions and communicate her desires. I do suppose I am a bit biased because I am part of the female gender, but you get my drift…even if you have intra-, instead of inter- neural connections.

I guess this is partially where the whole, male-female tension stems from. From a male’s perspective, the female is thinking too much or looking too deep into a situation. Why not just catch the darn football? It’s five and three-quarters feet in front of you! From a female’s perspective, the male isn’t thinking nearly enough. Why do you need to catch that football? What good is going to come out of it? How do you think catching that ball is going to do good for anyone? Why not do anything more useful/meaningful with your time? To spell it point-blank for all of you lovely ladies out there–most of the time, guys don’t think about everything all at once like you are. They probably aren’t wondering where you got your dress or what you’re feeling at that specific moment unless you straight-up tell him. I’m not bashing on any gender in particular…we’re all just different, thanks to those complex neurons firing in/between our left and right hemispheres. And men, women don’t merely think too much or are digging too deep into a situation. Maybe they see something you might be missing because you were too busy trying to perfect those precious motor skills of yours.

Well, yep…That’s all I have to say at this particular moment. I should probably stop distracting myself. I’ll go write that darn paper.

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