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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1 Psychological Science Chapter one covers the study and testing of animals and whether or not it’s ethical. Personally, I think that doing research on animals is totally kosher, up to a point. If a cosmetics company is involved, however, I think that it is morally wrong. I can understand where the animal rights people are coming from, though. All life is supposed to be treated equally, with respect towards all animals – including us as humans. On the other hand, animals seem to be able to have more successful pregnancies. In turn, there are a greater number of mice (for example) inhabiting parts of the world where they aren’t doing any good. If these rats are taken and experimented on, in good taste, then I don’t see a problem with it. Psychologist Dennis Feeny put this idea across when he said, very eloquently, “…don’t forget those of us who suffer from incurable diseases or disabilities who hope for a cure through research that requires the use of animals.” This quote relates to how I feel about animal studies. If it takes risking the life of even ten humans, then I think that it is worth it. I think it is best to make their conditions as comfortable and humane as possible, yet it is not exactly feasible in every situation, as informed consent is impossible to come by. Overall, the chapter was a good introduction to the class and gave me an idea of what we were going to be learning about and how the class works. I read this chapter in the book as well, and it was not so great. It was a pretty boring chapter because it just talked about people who were involved in coming up with the different parts of psychology and all these names and history. I am not the type of person who is into history, so it was kind of hard to get into. Chapter 2 Neuroscience I have always thought that the brain is such an amazing organ. The fact that it regulates itself is mind-blowing. It was really interesting to learn about how in some circumstances when the brain is damaged in one part, another part can make up for this and take over the damaged portion’s functions. I wish they would have talked about the pineal gland in this chapter. It is a relatively newly understood portion of the brain, but doctors and researchers alike think that it has a large connection with sleep – wake cycles, puberty, your biological clock, and a few other such functions. I know about this because I have been having problems with insomnia and chronic headaches and was recently diagnosed with having a pineal tumor. The pineal gland is smaller than a pea yet can have the effect of a huge boulder crashing through your house. It seems as though there is still a lot of the brain left to learn about, I wonder what we will discover in ten years. Will there be a part of the brain that regulates dancing and rhythm? Or will we figure out why certain people enjoy the smell of gas? I also found the Limbic System really interesting, especially the Amygdala. I wonder if that area changes sizes in humans? Do serial killers have enlarged Amygdala? What that area changes sizes in humans?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Seibert during the Spring '08 term at Boise State.
- Spring '08