The nervous system had never really had a particular grasp on me. Of course I enjoy learning about several aspects of it more then others but it doesn’t particularly strike me. During this week I was able to learn a lot about the nervous system through our dissection packet. Surprisingly this was definitely the system that grossed me out the most. You’d think it would be the digestive system that would be the most gross, but in the end it personally wasn’t. I really didn’t like hearing the skull break so my other group members did that and I helped out with the vertebrae and spinal cord later. The brain has always freaked me out a bit. I find it hard to wrap your mind around the fact that everything you are is in this one particular organ which is definitely why I wanted to stay away from the brain and focus on the vertebrae and spinal cord which was personally easier for me to work with.
Completing my observation journal is a lot of work but I have found it’s a really good way to gain a deep understanding on all the different parts of the system were looking at. While researching the first discussion question about the gyri and sulci and how it changes throughout life, I was able to find an amazing article that showed me a comparative image of the grey matter in a 5, 14-18 and, 20 year old. The difference was shocking! Through those images I was really able to see and understand how the gyri affects the grey matter as you mature and age. The article spoke of “early” sensory and motor areas as well as “association cortex”. Both were really interesting parts of the brain. While reading there was also a small section about intelligence and the area in the brain that pertains to it. That made me think of the growth mindset we focus on here at High Tech High and question how much relative intelligence affects someone. How much does “growth mindset” affect someone's learning?