Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Its one of these days, the days when something weird happens and there is nothing to do. But maybe later, I will read zoology, SA, Psy101, and filipino. I have to give my best in these subjects. There is no way I wanna fail another quiz in those subjects. Oh and add all the other subjects but the ones I stated are the hard ones which require tons of effort. Moral: If i really wanna pass BS Psychology in UST, I should give more effort than what I already am giving. I also have to do my best in school and getting on the good side of my professors. I just dont know how my blockmates do it! I think that they are born for the course. While me, bah! am still suffering from zoological trauma. I just dont know how i can memorize! I still dont know what is the effective study strategy for me. And although i still have these kinds of problems, I want to do my best, my very best for god even if it means sleepless nights, tears, blood, sweat, coffee, you get the idea. But I made a choice that if I will do my best, I chose to start my study time with God. He gave me the decisions so I have to take responsibility for my actions. And I really want to pass in BS Psychology. I wanna do my best! I dont wanna be a lazy person. Having said that... see yah!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

So college so far... well since its one of those rare days that we got nothing to do. *Yey for those days! ^_^* This week went by quickly, and at first i felt like its a Monday but no! Today is a Thursday already and then by tomorrow it will be Friday and then it will be a Saturday *W/c means another high school reunion! yey!* So what else... on Saturday i will see my friends at PE. *note: bring a camera!* And then we will have another birthday! Bon-bon's 18th! *Gar! I just remembered another practical test this Saturday! boohoo so sorry to my group mates in advance i suck!!!* On Monday no SA and Zoo again and no math at last!!!!! wahahah! We will be having our assembly on Monday so from 7-5 shucks! too long!!! :(

I always see some of my old schoolmates once in a while at school. Seeing them makes me feel happy coz i know that I am not alone. And seeing them makes the separation less painful. I normally see my batch mates once in a while but talking to them for a long time can be hard since we have different schedules. And yes, i can still see some of the older batch mates, and they had gotten taller and i feel shorter. So sad.. i know... live with it.

And i like my subjects but i hate the tests. Those are way too hard! :(

Monday, July 7, 2008

Haha so I copy pasted this from: http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=231

So this is about someone we read from class this morning. His story really caught my attention. But then it was morning so there goes my breakfast. haha anyways... here's his story... and if you wanna see what his skull looks like just google it. haha (1Psy3 alam niyo to diba?! XD there goes our breakfast! wahahahaha!!!!)

Phineas Gage's Brain Injury

Written by Alan Bellows on September 28th, 2006 at 12:19 am

In 1848, a twenty-five-year-old construction foreman named Phineas Gage won nationwide fame by way of a hole in his head. While working on a railroad project in Vermont, he experienced a severe brain injury when a three-foot-long, fourteen pound tamping iron was violently propelled through his skull. Astonishingly, he lived to tell about it.

At the time of the accident, one of Gage's duties was to set explosive charges to remove unwanted sections of large rocks. Typically, a long, narrow hole was drilled into the rock which was then filled with gunpowder and ignited. Before lighting the fuse, the hole was topped off with sand, and a three-foot-long, 1.25" diameter iron tamping rod was used to pack down the gunpowder. However on 13 September 1848, Gage was distracted momentarily while in the process of preparing a blast, and he neglected to add the protective barrier of sand. When he thrust the iron tamper into the hole in the rock, it created a spark, and the gunpowder was ignited.

The resulting explosion propelled the fourteen pound iron rod straight into the air with the force of a cannon, causing it to pass through Gage's skull in the process. It entered through the bottom of his left cheekbone and exited through the top of his head, then continued to fly in an arc across the sky, landing almost 100 feet behind him.

The unscheduled explosion got the attention of his fellow railroad workers, who rushed over to see if there was a problem. What they found was Phineas Gage slumped on the ground with a hole through his skull. Amazingly, the man was still alive and breathing. Even more amazingly, within moments his eyes were open and he was speaking to his fellow workers. The injured Gage was quickly loaded into a cart, and transported back to his boarding house, some 45 minutes away.

When Dr. John Martyn Harlow arrived, Phineas was conscious and had a regular heartbeat, and both of his pupils reacted to light normally. He was reported to be "in full possession of his reason, and free from pain." He was under the care of Dr. Harlow for ten weeks, at which point he was sent home to Lebanon, New Hampshire. But while he was recovering, the doctor noted some changes in the man's demeanor and personality. People who had known him before the accident described him as hard-working, responsible, and popular with his workers, but after the traumatic injury, Phineas Gage was not the same man.

In regards to his patient, Dr. Harlow wrote:
Gage was fitful, irreverent, indulging at times in the grossest profanity (which was not previously his custom), manifesting but little deference for his fellows, impatient of restraint or advice when it conflicts with his desires, at times pertinaciously obstinate, yet capricious and vacillating, devising many plans of future operations, which are no sooner arranged than they are abandoned in turn for others appearing more feasible. A child in his intellectual capacity and manifestations, he has the animal passions of a strong man. Previous to his injury, although untrained in the schools, he possessed a well-balanced mind, and was looked upon by those who knew him as a shrewd, smart businessman, very energetic and persistent in executing all his plans of operation. In this regard his mind was radically changed, so decidedly that his friends and acquaintances said he was 'no longer Gage'.

Several months after the accident Gage felt strong enough to return to work, yet due to his personality changes, his previous employers would not entrust him with the foreman position he had previously held. In the following years, he took various jobs caring for horses, driving stagecoaches, and doing some farm work. He also briefly appeared at a museum in New York which was curated by the infamous P. T. Barnum, alongside the tamping iron which had impaled his brain.

Not much is known about his years after the injury, but eleven years after the accident, when he was aged thirty-seven years, Gage began to experience epileptic seizures. He died several months later, on 21 May 1860. His brain was not subjected to any medical examination at that time, but seven years later his body was exhumed so that his skull might be studied. It has since been subjected to much scrutiny.

It was determined that damage occurred to Gage's skull in three places: There is a relatively small area under the cheek bone where the tamping iron first impacted, the orbital bone behind the eye socket, and very large hole where the iron rod emerged. The bone fragments over the exit wound were very skillfully put back in place by Dr. Harlow– so much so that it was hardly visible from outside the skull– but the original hole was about three and a half inches long by two inches wide.

There is still some controversy over the extent of damage to Phineas' brain. It is certain that it passed through the anterior frontal cortex and white matter, but it has not been determined with certainty whether the lesion involved both frontal lobes or was limited only to the left side. In any case, the damage caused by the accident was roughly equivalent to a frontal lobotomy.

Today, Gage's skull and the tamping rod which damaged it are on permanent display at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine. The incident did much to advance the field of neurology, as it was among the first evidence suggesting that damage to the frontal lobes could alter aspects of personality and affect social skills. Before Gage's brain injury, the frontal lobes were largely thought to have little role in behavior.

Further reading:
Description of damage, School of Psychology Deakin University
High-res image of Phineas Gage's skull
Alan Bellows is the founder, designer, and managing editor of DamnInteresting.com, and he is perpetually behind schedule.