It’s been a while - do I always say that? Sorry if it gets repetitive, it’s just that my blogging gets all thrown off when I have an exam and not just right before one either, I neglect this small corner of the internet for a while after a test as well. You see, I don’t really feel like sitting down and writing right after a mentally draining day of evaluation, and then for the net few days, all I want to do is hang out and not worry about what I have to do and what I should do. After that comes the realization of “oh crap! I’ve got to actually get off my ass and start learning this totally new material!” So we’re now past all of that.
Neuroscience has been safely started, and while this class may only last for 5 weeks, it’s incredibly intensive - after all, it’ the only thing I have right now. All. Day. Long. Every. Day.
We’ve actually covered quite a bit so far, and it’s good, because I’ve been really excited about this subject since I’ve never had any experience with it before. I love learning new things, and this fits right into something that’s both interesting and a little practical for my future life. You might be thinking, “Charles! Only a little practical!? It’s the brain!” Well yeah, it’s the brain and it controls everything we do, but so far, all I’ve learned are the multitude of tracts that nerves take as they travel out from your brain and down your spinal cord.
Now don’t get me wrong, this can be pretty cool - did you know that there’s a set of neurons that specifically deals with integrating motion at your peripheral vision? Or how about the fact that there are nerves that just tell the brain how a limb is performing in 3d space? I also can’t forget one of my favorites, the nerves devoted to the reactions that you have when you touch something hot or otherwise painful and you jerk that part of your body back.
Also, what’s really cool is how, by learning all of this stuff, you can really see how humans have evolved neurologically. Simpler functions are at the lower end of the brain (things like those nerves looking at motion) and get more complex as you move higher and higher (more rostrally for those of you who want a word-of-the-day).
So, yeah, neuro has been fun so far, and while it’s really intense, it will be over in a relatively short amount of time.
Oh! How could I forget! We also have neuro lab, which I’m sure you all are much more interested in hearing about after the comments on anatomy lab that I used to get. So, in neuro lab, we essentially get buckets of brains. Yes, buckets of brains. There are whole brains, hemisected brains, dissected medullas, cerebelli, and even spinal cords (both attached to the brain and not attached). In fact, those spinal cords were what we were looking at on Thursday, and all I could think about were those cheesy ’80s movies where brains attack people and they’re there, standing up on their spinal cords, enslaving humanity.
It was really hard to keep a straight face for two hours.
Well, back to work for another week or so, then down to NYC to see TWG for the entirety of my break! Woohoo!