Intro to Psychology

Intro to Psychology - the weakness in these areas she must...

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Intro to Psychology Thought Question 1 Jenny Sklar If I could be any type of psychologist I would be a neuroscientist. One of the reasons why I decided to go to Tulane University was their option to major in neuroscience. When I visited Tulane last year I sat in on the “Systems Neuroscience” class and I’ve been hooked ever since. My interest in neuroscience is rooted far beyond purely being interested in neurotransmitters and salutatory conduction. The reason why I am thinking about becoming a neuroscientist is because of my best friend, Molly. Molly suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (also known as Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy or Peroneal Muscular Atrophy). Because of this condition her muscles in outer extremities (mainly her calf, feet, forearm and hands) have undergone complete atrophy, therefore she does not have any substantial amount of muscles in those areas. To combat
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Unformatted text preview: the weakness in these areas she must wear leg braces and do daily physical therapy. However, the braces and the therapy still do not allow her to run, play sports, swim, dance, and even type at a normal pace. These disabilities have completely affected her childhood and will continue to interfere in her everyday life. If were a neuroscientist I would study how you could manipulate schwann cells to regenerate the myelin sheath and eventually stop and reverse the atrophy which disables the outer extremities of those suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. I would also study the nerve conduction velocity because it is greatly affected by this disease (because of the demyelination). Hopefully I will eventually become a neuroscientist, and hopefully I will be given the opportunity to research possible treatments for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease....
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