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PSYC 101 Chapter 3: Biological Foundations of Behavior Notes

by: Angela Potter

PSYC 101 Chapter 3: Biological Foundations of Behavior Notes PSYC 101

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These notes will cover everything in Chapter 3: Biological Foundations of Behavior
Intro Psychology
Barbara Wilson
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Date Created: 01/28/16
PSYC 101 Ch. 3: Biological Foundations of Behavior▯ ▯ Brain and Behavior▯ • Scientific Evidence: the brain is most intimately link to psychological life:▯ • Emotions: Happy, sad▯ • Memory▯ • Cognition: ability to think, problem solve, ability to make decisions, pay attention▯ • Behavior: how we behave, ability to walk, run…Violence etc.▯ ▯ Determinant of Death▯ • The importance of the brain is dramatized by the concept of “brain death”▯ • When is a person legally dead?▯ • Absence of breath? Heartbeat?▯ • Today, the heart and lungs could be strong and the doctor declares the person dead:▯ • Brain Death: parts of the brain involved in thinking, feeling, acting are no longer alive- psychological life is gone▯ ▯ Th Brain▯ • Commands the central Nervous System (CNS)▯ • Weighs about 3 pounds▯ • Is slightly larger than a grapefruit ▯ • Has a crinkled outer layer (Shelled walnut)▯ • Inner consistency: undercook custard or ripe avocado▯ • Continues to develop through mid 20’s▯ ▯ Nervous System (NS) ▯ • is our bodies electrochemical communication system▯ • NS is made of billions of neurons (never cells)▯ • These are the basic building blocks of the nervous system- the basic units▯ • Neurons are continuously at work processing information▯ ▯ Neurons (Nerve Cells)▯ • Nearly all the neurons we posses during life are developed before birth▯ • Whereas, the neuronal networks are not formed until after the birth and throughout the developmental processes▯ ▯ Characteristics of the NS▯ • Complexity: the brain is composed of billions of nerve cells▯ • Integration: the brain coordinates and integrates information from many sources▯ • Adaptability (plasticity): can adapt to change▯ • Electrochemical transmission: powered by both Chemical and Electrical messages▯ ▯ Nervous System: Pathways▯ • Pathways are specialized to either receive or send information to or from the brain▯ Afferent Nerves: have to do with the nerve cells that work with the senses. ▯ • Sensory neurons receive information from the body and carries the information to the spinal cordon and brain▯ Efferent Neurons: motor neurons carry information from the brain to the body (muscles) and controls brain output▯ Neuronal Networks: Integrate the sensory input and motor output▯ ▯ Nervous System: Divided into two parts▯ 1. Central Nervous System (CNS)▯ • Brain and spinal cord (99% of all neurons)▯ 2. Peripheral Nervous system▯ • Caries messages to and from the CNS (afferent and efferent pathways) and the organs, glands, and muscles of the body▯ ▯ Peripheral Nervous system▯ Two major Divisions:▯ Somatic Nervous system- Carries sensory information to the CNS to: ▯ • Muscular Activity▯ Autonomic Nervous System- Carries messages to and from the CNS to the body’s organ and glands (monitors breathing, heart rate, digestion)▯ Divided into two parts:▯ 1. Sympathetic Nervous System: arouses the body: Fight or Flight▯ • Dilates the pupils▯ • Dilates the cerebral vessels▯ Decreases salivary gland activity▯ • • Stimulates sweat gland activity▯ • Stimulates digestive tract activity▯ • Relaxes the bladder▯ 2. Parasympathetic Nervous System: Calms▯ • Constricts the pupils▯ • Constricts the cerebral vessels▯ • Stimulates secretion of saliva▯ • Slows the heartbeat▯ • Decreases sweat gland activity▯ • Contracts the bladder▯ ▯ Nervous System- Nerve Cells: Neurons▯ Neurons:▯ • Information Processing▯ • About 100 Billion▯ • Mirror neurons (in primates)▯ Glial Cells: provide support and nutrition▯ ▯ Neurons: Structure - processes information▯ • Cell body: contains the cell nucleus▯ • Dendrites: receive information and channels it toward the cell body▯ • Axon: carries information away from the cells, it acts on the next cell▯ • On each axon there is a layer of fat▯ Myelin sheath: layer of fat that encases most axons▯ • • Insulates and helps messages travel faster over longer distances▯ • Multiple sclerosis▯ ▯ Neural Impulse▯ • Messages are carried down an axon as a series of single electrical clicks▯ • Variations in the rate and timing of clicks differentiates the messages▯ ▯ Synapses and Neurotransmitters▯ Synapses / Synaptic Gap▯ • Space or gap between the sending axons terminal buttons and the receiving dendrite or cell body▯ Synaptic Transmission▯ • Electrical impulse is converted into a chemical signal▯ • axon vesicle releases neurotransmitter into gap▯ Neurotransmitters▯ • Carry information across the synaptic gap to the next neuron▯ • Acteylcholoine▯ Muscle actions, learning, memory▯ • • Alzheimer’s diseases, Low Ach levels▯ • GABA▯ • anxiety: Low GABA levels▯ • Norepinephrine▯ • stress and mania: too much norepinephrine levels▯ • depression: low norepinephrine levels▯ • regulates sleep state in conduction with Ach▯ • Dopamine▯ • voluntary movement▯ • stimulant drugs: activate dopamine receptors▯ • Parkinson’s disease: low levels of dopamine▯ • schizophrenia: high levels of dopamine▯ • Serotonin▯ • regulation of sleep, mood, attention, learning▯ • depression: decrease in serotonin levels▯ • Prozac: increase in serotonin levels▯ Endorphins ▯ • • natural opiates: reward/pleasure centers▯ • mediate feelings of pleasure and pain (runners high)▯ • Oxytocin▯ • both a hormone and a neurotransmitter▯ • related to onset of lactation in new mothers▯ • related to attachment / emotional bonds▯ Note: Drugs can interfere with neurotransmitters▯ • mimics or enhances NT effects▯ blocks effects on NT▯ • ▯ Neural Networks▯ • interconnected pathways of nerve cells▯ • integrate sensory input and motor output▯ • takes years to develop▯ • a given piece of information embedded in multiple connections between neurons▯ ▯ Brain Organization▯ Hindbrain▯ • Located where spinal cord enters the base of the skull▯ Three major divisions▯ 1. Medulla- control breathing, regulates reflexes and standing upright▯ 2. Pons- sleep & arousal▯ 3. Cerebellum: complex motor coordination, balance / muscle coordination ▯ Midbrain▯ • located between the hindbrain and forebrain ▯ • relays information between the brain and eyes and ears▯ • Brainstem: most ancient part of the brain▯ • Basic survival functions: alertness▯ Forebrain▯ • Limbic system▯ • Memory, perception and emotion▯ Amygdala ▯ • • discrimination of objected needed for survival ▯ • emotional awareness and expression▯ • Hippocampus: formation and recall of memories ▯ • Thalamus ▯ • sensory relay station between upper and lower brain▯ • Basal Ganglia: coordination of voluntary movements▯ • Hypothalamus: regulation of the body▯ • eating, drinking, sexual behaviors▯ • regulate body’s internal state▯ • emotion, stress, reward▯ ▯ Cerebral Cortex- the brain has two hemispheres ▯ Each hemisphere is divided into four regions or lobes:▯ • Occipital (vision)▯ • Temporal(hearing, language processing, memory)▯ • Frontal (intelligence, personality, voluntary muscles)▯ Parietal (spatial location, attention, motor control)▯ • The two Hemispheres of the Cortex:▯ Left hemisphere▯ • verbal processing, speech, grammar▯ • Broca’s area▯ • Wemicke’s area▯ Right hemisphere▯ • spatial perception, visual recognition, emotion▯ ▯ Endoctrine System▯ set of glands that regulate the body by releasing hormones into the blood stream▯ • hormones: chemical messages manufactured by the glands▯ • relatively slow communication system▯ • interconnected with the nervous system ▯ • pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries, testes▯ ▯ Brain Damage and Plasticity▯ Recovery from brain damage depends on:▯ • age of the individual ▯ • extent of the damage


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