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Physiopsychology Class Hosts MIND²

The physiopsychology class at Mars Hill University, taught by Dr. Ann Peiffer, together with the TriBeta Honors Biology Club and the Psychology Club, will be hosting an event called "MIND²: MHU Investigates Neurons, Disorders, and Disease." The walk-through event will take approximately an hour and it will take place on Thursday evening, April 14 on the second floor of Ferguson Math and Science Center. Doors will be open from 6 until 8 pm.

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Photo captions: Dr. Ann Peiffer and her physiopsychology students study brains on loan from Wake Forest Medical Center.

Physiopsychology is a branch of psychology that studies how the structure and the processes of the brain affect mental functioning. Participants in the program will be able to get a fascinating glimpse into the world of the brain by viewing several brains on loan from Wake Forest Medical Center.

"An average adult human brain weighs about three pounds, and is surrounded by the bones of our skull. Once removed, it looks very small, but it uses 20% of the nutrients and oxygen that you bring into your body every day to fuel its function," Peiffer said. "Our brains allow us to learn, interpret the world around us, feel, move, plan, invent, and remember not only facts and figures but people, places, and how to do things. In many ways, our brains are what make us who we are, yet at the same time are created by what we experience and do in our lives." Brain Program02

According to Peiffer, the program is an extension of what students have been learning in physiopsychology and biology classes this semester.

"Given the chance to find out more about the brain, students were eager to participate, and braver students even took an opportunity to touch the brain or hold it in their hands," Peiffer said. "Many were surprised at how firm the brain was and how little it was outside of the skull."

Participants in the upcoming program will learn about the types of cells that make up the brain, different areas of the brain that are responsible for functions like vision, hearing, smell, memory, lie detection, balance and attention. Other topics to be discussed will be conditions that impact the brain such as stroke, concussion, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.