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Week 1A - Week 1A Chapter 1 Psychology o In this class Not...

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Week 1A 1-7-08 Chapter 1 Psychology o In this class: Not about Sigmund Freud, or Marge Simpson on couch Will be about the brain and how it works Dysfunctions of the brain Ex. Child with Huntington’s disease o Changes your personality, motor ability, lack of  coordination o Due to the neurological examination that occurs o 1. Brain of Huntington’s vs. 2. Regular Massive damage to the brain Reflective into the changes of the woman as she  grows old Needs a fulltime care taker Can’t take care of herself as well Lost her intellectual ability Subdivisions at UCSD o Biopsychology o Behavior Analysis o Cognitive
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o Sensation and perception o Developmental o Social What is biopsychology o Neuroscience: the study of the nervous system o Psychology: study of human behavior Biopsychology: bridges the two of them together Not just know them themselves, but understand how the brain connects these abilities to move around, think and etc. What are some human or other animal behaviors? o Eat, sleep, mate o We figure why animals have sex What part of the brain makes these occur How do we mess with it Biopsychology, psychobiology, behavioral neuroscience o Study of the brain and behavior Unimpressive facts about the brain: Only 2.9 lbs Cerebral cortex flattened out = size of medium pizza o But This organ is the center that interprets your visual feel, how you feel Basis of your emotions, perceptions, thoughts, language and personality o Relatively recent field, aprrx 60 years
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Rapidly growing Society of neurosci about 500 members in the 70s Now about 35,000 people in 2007 Study not just the brain, but behavior too Definitions o NS:  nervous system o Neuron:  cell of the nervous system Functional component of the brain o Central nervous system (CNS):  brain + spinal cord o Peripheral nervous system (PNS):  spinal and cranial nerves Automatic and somative nervous systems All the nerves spread throughout the body, all your receptors Regulates automatic and somatic functions o Neuroanatomy:  structure of the NS At the cellular, broader level What different segments of brain is doing o Neurochemistry:  chemical bases of neural activity Neurotransmitters Paxel, Prozac commercials Understanding what the receptors do and where they are o Neuroendocrinology:  hormones and the NS Hormones regulate the 4 F’s
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Feeding, fighting, fleeing, and sex o Neuropathology:  disorders of the NS o Neuropharmacology:  effects of drugs on NS Cool job, How psychoactive substances Marijuana, cocaine, heroin How they affect behavior o Neurophysiology:  activities of the NS
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