Brain Dissection!

I am so proud of y’all! I cannot believe what a GREAT job each of you did with today’s dissection! I couldn’t believe how well it went. Everyone was able to find olfactory bulbs, medulla, the Pons, the thalamus & hypothalamus, hippocampi, & the amygdala! Amazing! We even had a great example of dura matter, pig hair, & a bit of bone. No one threw up — only slightly disappointing, but Mr. Sharp wasn’t there enough to make it likely that he would’ve been vomited on. You know what I always say, why waste a good vomit? Vomit on someone. And we I got pranked by Shinie & Mr. Sharp. A perfect dissection lab.

My only regret is that I didn’t have a camera to photograph it all.

Thanks again.

Week 1 (17 – 21 Oct): Blogging for the AP

Howdy y’all!

Blogging is a good way of casually & informally formulating & focusing your thoughts on a topic. Of course, the topic that concerns us all is the AP Psychology exam in May 2012. I will be blogging my thoughts on the topics that we are studying in class & those that are coming up.

Pig Brain Dissection

I love dissecting the brains. I’m always freaked out a little given the brain‘s central position in our functioning. I mean it is an animal’s brain! Not its heart, stomach, eyes, or lungs. But, it is fascinating, too. I love it because you can find so many of the structures that we study in class.

One of my favorite things to do is look at how closely the cerebellum & the brain stem, especially the Pons & the medulla, are connected. This is easily seen if your carefully and slowly separate the cerebellum from the rest of the brain. Also, the corpus callosum is amazingly big. The illustrations in the textbook don’t do it justice.

Other Stuff

Well, this is a good start. I’ll try & post some dissection pictures later in the week. I’ll also be putting up model vocabulary pages, too.

Looking forward to it!

Mr M.