Week One Reflection

WeekOne Reflection

WeekOne Reflection

Everychapter has different terms and concepts that differ in levels ofdifficulty. This paper will address some terms from different topics(including perspectives of modern psychology, scientific method,nervous system, ad human brain) that are perceived t be difficult.

Corpuscallosum refers to a flat and wide bundle of fibers that are laidalong the cortex at the longitudinal fissure (Carpenter, 2013). Themain function of corpus callosum is to establish a connection betweenthe right and the left cerebral hemispheres. It also allowsinterhemispheric communication. This term is quite difficult becauseit is not easy to identify corpus callosum even after giving itsconcise definition.

Olfactorybulb refers to a neural structure that is part of the vertebrateforebrain. The structure is involved in olfaction or smell(Carpenter, 2013). Although the name of the structure coincides withits function, the term olfactory bulb is quite difficult andconfusing because one would expect the structure being defined toassume a bulb-like shape, which is not necessarily the case.

Pinealgland refers to an endocrine gland that is located within thevertebrate brain (Carpenter, 2013). The term “pineal gland” maybe easy to define because describe the underlying structure thattakes that shape of a small pine cone. However, functions (includingthe secretion of serotonin and melatonin) associated with thestructure are difficult to comprehend.

Inconclusion, some terms are perceived to be difficult because of theircontradicting functions, while the difficulty of others can bederived attributed to their definition. However, after readingchapter and chapter flashcards, it becomes easier to comprehend theirrespective definitions.


Carpenter,S. (2013). Visualizingpsychology (3 Ed.).Hoboken: John Wiley &amp Sons.