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Psychology Movie REACTION TO MOVIE AWAKENINGS Psychological Reaction to Awakenings Movie Nic Hetzel Tiffin University Psychology 101 Professor Heck January 14, 2008 1
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Psychology Movie The film Awakenings was made from a true story about a research doctor by the name of Oliver Sacks, portrayed by Robin Williams and known as Dr. Malcolm Sayer, who gets a job as a doctor in a mental hospital. The majority of the patients are in a comatose state who have survived the encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the 1920’s. Robin William’s persuades the pharmacist to use a new drug known as L-Dopa, a drug commonly used in Parkinson’s patients, on a patient by the name of Leonard Lowe, who is played by Robert De Niro, and his results are magnificent. The movie presents the fact that the patients are in a comatose state but still react to the ball being thrown to them have to deal central nervous system and brain activity. The central nervous system controls the motor nerves that let the muscles contract therefore allowing the patient to catch the ball (Kalat, 2005, p.69). The temporal lobe of the brain controls the hearing and advanced visual aspects (Kalat, 2005, 71). These advanced visual aspects such as depth perception could also assist in allowing the patient, who seems non-responsive, to catch the ball. The temporal lobe also involves hearing and in the movie when patients would hear a certain genre of music they would respond with various tics or even every day movements such as eating. Another part of the brain I believe that the patients use in the process of them being able to catch and throw the ball is located in the prefrontal cortex of the frontal lobe. It is presented in
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Heck during the Spring '08 term at Tiffin University .

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