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-Hyperekplexia is an exaggerated startle reflex. That just looks wrong with that "k" hanging out in the middle.

-The Little Albert study was a psychological experiment in which a nine-month-old boy was conditioned to fear white, furry objects. That's totally not fair to poor little Albert!

-Cyranoids are "people who do not speak thoughts originating in their own central nervous system: Rather, the words they speak originate in the mind of another person who transmits these words to the cyranoid by radio transmission." The term apparently originated with psychologist Stanley Milgram. I don't want to know how an apparently sane psychologist decided these things existed.

-Speaking of Milgram, he was also the originator of the Milgram experiment, in which the experimental subject teaches a series of word pairs to an actor representing the "learner." If the actor gets a word wrong while being quizzed on the pairs, the subject is instructed to deliver increasingly severe electrical shocks to the actor. The disheartening thing about this experiment is that 65% of the original subjects delivered the final "450-volt" shock after verbal commands by the experimenter.

-Aspens kind of look like birch trees, only not as peely and more yellow in the fall.

-Aspens are also important hosts for non-vascular land plants, or bryophytes.

-The Jack-in-the-pulpit produces differently-sexed flowers at different stages of growth.

-Drinking antifreeze will cause calcium oxalate crystals to show up in your urine. If you live long enough to urinate after drinking antifreeze, that is.

-Nephrolithiasis is the condition of having kidney stones.

-Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis is a kidney disease that can cause death within months if left untreated. Coincidentally, it has the initials RPG.

-Kawasaki disease is an autoimmune disease that primarily attacks the heart. Unlike RPG (teehee, RPG), however, the mortality rate on this is only about 1%.

-Paracetamol is just the European name for acetaminophen.

-Heinz bodies are areas of denatured hemoglobin found in red blood cells, and have nothing to do with ketchup.

-An acanthocyte is an abnormal red blood cell with spikes on it. I like to call these "ninja star blood cells."

-Untreated syphilis can cause your face and body to become really, really fucked up.

-Infecting syphilitic patients with malaria can halt the progression of the disease by inducing a high fever and thus killing the bacteria. So if you ever find yourself with syphilis in a country with no penicillin, just catch malaria and you'll be fine... assuming you survive the malaria.

-Finally, Jean Alfred Fournier dedicated his life to studying syphilis. The things this man must have seen, I don't want to imagine.

Date: 2010-03-12 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomoyoichijouji.livejournal.com
Untreated syphilis can cause your face and body to become really, really fucked up.

Not to mention your brain, too. There's some real funky stories about the type of brain damage syphilis reaching the brain can cause -- it caused one old lady (who got it treated before it caused any real damage, thank goodness) felt like a spry youthful young woman again in personality. It didn't affect her in any other way, thanks to them catching it early. She said afterward she kind of liked the mild permanent effect it had. XP

Speaking of Milgram, he was also the originator of the Milgram experiment, in which the experimental subject teaches a series of word pairs to an actor representing the "learner." If the actor gets a word wrong while being quizzed on the pairs, the subject is instructed to deliver increasingly severe electrical shocks to the actor. The disheartening thing about this experiment is that 65% of the original subjects delivered the final "450-volt" shock after verbal commands by the experimenter.

We talked at length about this experiment in my social psych class. We also discussed how various factors, including whether the experiment took place in a university or a run down office building, or whether the experimenter was in person or on the phone, or whether there was a fellow dissenter, that makes a huge (as in, 20+%) difference in the obedience percentage.

Date: 2010-03-12 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serraduchi.livejournal.com
That's really weird about the old lady. Glad she enjoyed it, I guess?

Yeah, it's weird what factors like that will do to your behavior. In general I think humans are much more likely to do anything if they have a buddy to go along with. XP

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