I think one of the most useful topics we discussed in this psychology class was the areas of the brain, and their functions. The brain is so complex, and the book was able to label the brain into an easy way to understand all of the functions and area of the brain. I gained a lot of knowledge from this part of the class, and when I'm older this information will also be useful. I think the main reason why I will remember all the areas of the brain, and where they are in the brain is because I spent so much time studying for this part of the test. The most interesting part of the brain for me was the occipital lobe, and how it relates to visualizing information. One of the most surprising things I learned while reading the book was that each part of the brain, while it still interrelates, it still all has different functions. I was also very interested by Broca's area of the brain, and Wernicke's area. It was very surprising that such different areas could be used for different aspects of speech. Since all of this information was interesting to me I will remember for years to come.
wille360: April 2012 Archives
While reading the tragic stories of bystander nonintervention, I was appalled on how the bystanders were watching these horrible events, and not doing anything about it. But after reading paragraphs on how safety in numbers is just a hoax, I came to the conclusion that this has happened in my life as well to a certain extent. The causes of bystander noninterventions are pluralistic ignorance, the error of assuming that no one in the group perceives things as we do, and diffusion of responsibility, the presence of others makes each person feel less responsible for the outcome. It has happened many times where I have seen a drunk or homeless person walking the streets, and my first thought is always that they need help, but then I look around and find that no one else is helping them so maybe I'm seeing the situation worse than it really is. Why is it that I feel the need to conform to what other people are thinking, why can't I just believe what my first initial thought was and stick with that thought. I was very interested in reading this part of the textbook, because it really stuck with me that as a bystander we don't help as much or as often as we should. What do you guys make of this picture, and how do you think you would react?