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PSY307L1 09/16/2015 Syllabus Quiz sep 30 th - neuroanatomy mid term- oct 28 – short answer questions based on the lectures – answer 4 out of 5 given nov18th quiz two – emotion regulation quiz- focusing on structure and fx – bell ringer exam dec 2 nd – written assignment- 5000 words – get to pick own topic on human behavior – what’s going on in the brain that’s allowing for the human activity review session – dec 9 final exam – 7 out 9 question answer
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L1 NOTES 09/16/2015 complex human behavior: altruism- altruistic punishment- unique to humans ( seeing someone getting beat up and interfere) delayed gratification language and communication problem solving- mathematics ambition complex social structures in large settings long term planning and long term projects: o e.g. humans travelling across continents a long time ago (ice age) o e.g. tour de france – the prize being a yellow shirt- so why do it? – answer: prestige + validation+recognition= social rewards o “the secret race” - deception TOM- theory of mind: Capacity to understand that other people have desires, beliefs and emotions much like your own E.g. kids at 18 mos can look at a mirror and realize that it’s them Few other animals can do this- elephants, chimpanzee Enterprise of neurosci: To go into the brain and figure out what it is Humans are the shining example of what the universe is capable of Enterprise of trying to understand ourselves better How can human brain understand the human brain? Check boxes: all the brain has to do
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o Homeostatic: regulation o Agonistic : defend against hostility o Reproductive Why neurosci: o Team work of knowledge o Technology E.g. European medicine: Used to suck but made gigantic progress why? The scientific method- galeileo ° Scientific method Observation o Not all observations are always correct  brain are really good at spotting patterns even when there are none at all o One problem: creates a bias o Second problem: anchoring: we base things a lot on our first encounter Hypothesis: holding two ideas at the same time Test: o Standardized measures- avoid bias o The only way of resolving opinions Publish: o Peer review- why?= because you’re biased since you conducted the experiment Why is this all so important?
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o Brain isn’t designed to get to the point of matters it’s designed to survive o It’ll stick to one idea
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