Friday, April 11, 2008


So next to being a communications student, I do some Linguïstics on the side. And we had a college where we were allowed to cut pigbrains in pieces to see if we could recognize the different parts of the brain.

The entire brain seen from the bottom IIRC (small brains, brainstem and both sides):

This almost didn't resemble brain anymore:

I was hungry...whaaaaaaaaaaaat? (one of the last photo's where I still have my's gone now).

Nice detail shot of both sides split apart (the brainstem lies on the wrong side of the brain atm)

Suffice to say I had fun. It made me think of the new Zoanthrope head with it's squirmy brains.


Blogger Captain Incredible said...

Er, thanks for sharing :(

'scuse me while I - hruhfuuhrr...

Ah, that's better...

11 April 2008 at 19:17  
Blogger The Angelus Sanctus said...



12 April 2008 at 04:54  
Blogger Arjan said...

@ Captain incredible: anytime, anytime ;)

12 April 2008 at 16:51  
Blogger Erwin said...

mkay, so after I just finished filling my bin, I wanted to tell u guys I finished the new Lyout of Daily Outburst (I even has me a tinybanner! yay!)

Check it!

*BLURG* I need a new bin!

13 April 2008 at 01:13  
Anonymous Dan said...

That's pretty revolting.

I did a communication studies degree at university, but never had to cut up pig brains.

16 April 2008 at 18:46  
Blogger Arjan said...

the cutting up brains isn't part of the communications study, but of the Linguïstics study ;)
But quite mushy ey :)

16 April 2008 at 23:21  
Blogger lastlifeinmyuniverse said...

mhmmm.. nothing like pig's brain soup. this sounds ridiculous but the chinese here believe that eating pig's brain soup will make you smarter. that's why mothers are always preparing that stuff for kids here the day before their exams.

at least it's obvious my mom never prepared that for me.

17 April 2008 at 17:20  
Blogger Arjan said...

..soup..hmmm I think if you boil the brains it's already soup-like haha.

Got a recipe? ^^

17 April 2008 at 19:47  
Blogger lastlifeinmyuniverse said...

recipe? you actually wanna make it? lol.

i'll try to ask my mom for you :) not that she would know, i dont think.

21 April 2008 at 12:35  
Anonymous Ozy said...

What's the point in knowing the brain parts tangibly for linguistics?

Unless my understanding of linguistics is wrong of course...

Btw pig's brain=uber calories yes?

24 April 2008 at 05:58  
Blogger Arjan said...

that is because after the bachelor degree of Linguïstics you can go on with master degrees which involve research with (f)MRI, EEG etc and there you need to know which part is what. And seeing it on screen is one thing, but actually poking around seeing it more upclose works better.

@ the calorie q...well is it Deb? Maybe a big calorie boost for the brains ;)

24 April 2008 at 13:24  

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