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Chapter 1: Biopsychology as a Neuroscience

by: Hayley Banks

Chapter 1: Biopsychology as a Neuroscience Pysch 378

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Notes covered in class and read Chapter 1 in Biopsychology 9th Edition by John Pinel
Brain and Behavior
Jeff Willner
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Date Created: 01/24/16
Chapter 1: Biopsychology as Neuroscience  Thinking Creatively o Thinking productive, unconventional ways is the cornerstone of any science  Clinical Implications o Pertaining to illness or treatment o Considerations are woven through fabric of biopsychology o Two aspects:  Functioning of the brain comes from studying the diseased or damaged brain  Relevance for the treatment of brain disorders o Focus on the interplay between brain dysfunction and biopsychological research  Evolutionary Perspective o Is the comparative approach (trying to understand biological phenomena by comparing them in different species)  What is Biopsychology o Is the scientific study of the biology of behavior o Focus is on how the brain and other portions of the nervous system relate to behavior and psychological processes o It also includes studies of evolution, genetics, and the adaptive functions of behavior Comparative Approach o The study of biological processes by comparing different species  Experiments o Between-subjects design  A experimental design in which a different group of subjects is tested under each condition o Within- subjects design  Test the same group of subjects under each condition  Pure research o Is motivated primarily by the curiosity of the researcher -- it is done solely for the purpose of acquiring knowledge 2  Applied Research o Is intended to bring about some direct benefit to humankind  Physiological Psychology o Studies the neural mechanisms of behavior through the direct manipulation and recording of the brain in controlled experiments-- surgical and electrical methods are most common  Psychopharmacology o Manipulation of neural activity and behavior with drugs  Neuropsychology o Study of the psychological effects of brain damage in human patients  Psychophysiology o Studies the relation between physiological activity and psychological processes in human subjects  Cognitive Neuroscience 3 o Study the neural bases of cognition, a term that generally refers to higher intellectual processes such as thought, memory, attention, and complex perceptual processes  Comparative Psychology o Compare the behavior of different species in order to understand the evolution, genetics, and adaptiveness of behavior o Others engage in Ethological Research  Study of animal behavior in its natural environment  Egas Moniz and the prefrontal lobotomy o Severs connections between the prefrontal cortex and rest of the brain o Operation was tried because of observations suggesting the prefrontal cortex damage reduces emotionality in a single chimpanzee, Becky o Problems  Side effects: Apathy, impulsiveness, loss of social inhibitions, *inability to make/carry out plans, amorality, incontinence 4  No formal evaluation of outcomes, assessment was usually based on doctor's opinion . 5


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