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Biological Psychology Notes

by: Kristen Ward

Biological Psychology Notes PSY 1013

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Week of February 1st Notes All of Biological Psychology Notes
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Alison Patev
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Biological Psychology February 1, 2016 Heredity and Behavior  Genetic code o Adenine-thymine o Cytosine-guanine o We have 23 chromosomes:  We get half from each parent o Sequences of amino acids o Genes come in pairs:  They can be either homozygous (identical) or heterozygous (not identical).  There can be homozygous recessive or homozygous dominant. o Genotype- each person’s unique genetic makeup o Phenotype- the physical expression of your genetic makeup  Behavioral Genetics o The study of how genes influence our behavior o A lot of behavioral genetic studies study twins, especially identical twins. o Monozygotic-identical twins- come from one egg and they share the same genetic makeup o Dizygotic-fraternal twins- come from two eggs and do not share the same genetic makeup  Behavioral Genomics o This is the study of which genes cause certain traits and behaviors o “The Human Genome Project” is a major study of behavioral genomics. Evolutionary Psychology  Adaptations and National Selection o Adaptations are any traits passed on through generations that help us survive.  Example: Human Attraction o We are more attracted to women/men that have more symmetrical faces, natural scent, etc. o Physical attractiveness in women are typically what men look at while social attractiveness is typically what men look for Culture and Environment  Nature versus Nurture o Nature- physical things that come from nature o Nurture- ways you were taught and raised o Ex. Alcoholism The Nervous System  Neurons o Cell body- houses the main part of the cell’s genetic material o Dendrites- receive the neurotransmitters o Myelin Sheath- Helps to conduct the neuron impulse o Axon endings- contains the neurotransmitters o Chemical Synapse- neurotransmitters are transmitted across the synapse to stimulate the next neuron  The Action Potential o Chemical change  Neurotransmitters o Common neurotransmitters  Monoamines (all helps to regulate mood): Dopamine (reward molecule: causes pleasurable sensation) , Serotonin (helps to regulate sleep and appetite), Norepinephrine( Helps regulate stress response)  Others: Acetylcholine aka ACH (movement), GABA (inhibits action potentials from being sent), Glutamate (critical in learning and memory) o Reuptake and inhibitors  Reuptake- Neurotransmitters are reabsorbed by the axon terminal  Reuptake Inhibitors- doesn’t allow certain neurotransmitters to reuptake ex. Cocaine o Neurotransmitters and Drugs  Agonists: any drug that enhances or improves the effects of neurotransmitters; two types  Direct- mimics the action potential of a specific neurotransmitters  Indirect- increases the amount of neurotransmitters that are released into the chemical synapse  Antagonists- blocks neurotransmitters from working, bind to chemical receptors and “tricks” the neurotransmitters into thinking the reaction sight is already in use, therefore, reuptake occurs and less action potential occurs  Ex. Botox  Chemical Messengers o Hormones  Hormones help to balance out your systems and bring homeostasis  Produced by your glands  Help to respond with stress o Glands  Each gland has a specific hormone that it releases  Major gland- pituitary gland  Sex hormones are produced by ovaries and testes  Nervous Systems o Broken down into the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system  Central Nervous System o Made up of the brain and spinal cord o Spinal Cord attached the brain to the peripheral nervous system  Peripheral Nervous System o Divided into two: autonomic and somatic nervous systems  Somatic Nervous System- voluntary movement and reflexes  Deals with the skeletal system  Autonomic- regulates your organs  Automatic  Divided into two subcategories: o Sympathetic: helps with fight or flight response and helps you to deal with stress  dilates your pupils and increases your heart rate o Parasympathetic: Helps to calm you down after fight or flight The Brain and Nervous System  Brain Structure o Hindbrain- Home to your most vital functions, vital organs, heart and lungs  Ponds- Involved with your Sleeping and Waking  Medulla- Responsible for your heart rate and your breathing and other reflexive automatic reactions ex. Sneezing  Cerebellum- Involved with movement and fine motor skills o Midbrain- Relays sensory information to the rest of the brain  Thalamus- relays sensory input  Pituitary Gland- drives hormone production  Hypothalamus- involved with hormone release, helps to control your food intake, fear processing, stress processing, sleep o Forebrain- most complex part of the brain, divided into four different lobes  Frontal- Higher cognitive functioning  Parietal- experiences of touch, bodily awareness  Occipital- visual processing  Temporal- Hearing and Language, object and face recognition Left Brain vs. Right Brain  Functions o Right Brain- Visual and special skills, linked to being an artist o Left Brain- language and math, logic and analytical skills  Spilt- Brain Surgery o Cuts the Corpus Callosum (Nerve bundle in the middle of the Brain) to divide the brain into two parts  Neuroplasticity o Individuals who have brain damage can enhance certain skills or relearn skills in different parts of the brain o The Brain adapts to new skills in different areas when need be. Brain Activity  Electrophysiology o Messages Brain activity  EEG- measures brain activity and nerve impulses  Brain Imaging o Makes a scan of your brain  PET Scan- Radioactive Glucose is tracked through your brain  MRI- Magnetic Resting Imaging – aligns H atoms in your brain and then disrupts the atoms and a signal bounces back as an image  FMRI- Functional MRI- allows you to see blood flow in the brain  Lesioning and Brain Stimulation o Leisioning- Go and destroy parts of the brain to see a result o Brain Stimulation- TMS- pass magnetic impulses to a part of the brain and disrupt function in that area for a short time o


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