Chem Project - Carkhuff 1 Braden Carkhuff Mr. R. Hammerberg...

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Carkhuff 1 Braden Carkhuff Mr. R. Hammerberg Ind. Chemistry An Elegant Masterpiece: The Human Mind Ecstasy, love, anger, fear and many other emotions are controlled, believe it or not, by chemicals. Our brain regulates the production and balance of hundreds of chemicals at any given moment. To this day, science has only been successful at unlocking the meaning to about twenty. How is it possible for our emotions to come from a chemical? From 900 AD, man has sought to find the answer. Today, we are still demystifying chemical psychology. Advances in science allow us to go deeper into the brain’s chemical makeup. Every day, we are given more advanced equipment that allows us to monitor brain activity and study what our brain is doing. Scientists have concluded that many of our daily activities are regulated by the chemicals that surge through our bodies. The very same chemicals can also decide who you are interested in. Without thinking, our minds secrete chemicals that can drive away or attract future mates.
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Carkhuff 2 So in the end, knowing what all these chemicals are capable of seems pretty important for the human race. What are the most common chemicals that we have unlocked in the human brain? What are these chemicals’ functions in our body? What happens if our brain malfunctions and these chemicals go awry? Can we control the chemicals that rage through our bodies? To fully understand chemical psychology today, we must understand the history of this science. The beginning of chemical psychology or otherwise known as biological psychology has its roots dating back to the time of Avicenna, a Persian physician and psychologist. Although this physician didn’t know about chemicals and their complexity, he paired emotions together with their healing abilities. Depending on the type of illness, he would ‘prescribe’ a type of relaxation or meditation for his patients to do. Much of the time, he was successful. But, his explanation was severely incorrect. He stated that people became sick from too much humidity trapped in the head. But, for that time, that was a sufficient explanation. The next leap in biopsychology came in the 19 th century. Rene Descartes, the famous mathematician, proposed models that would explain human and animal behavior. He suggested that
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Carkhuff 3 human behavior comes from the pineal gland. He also attributed reflexes to moving liquids in the body. Throughout the 18 and 1900’s research and plotting of the brain became more frequently studied. During this time, scientists found that chemicals regulate many body functions. These functions included: Sensation and perception Motivated behavior Movement Learning and memory Sleep Emotion They also started discovering the mental disorders that were paired up with these new-found chemicals. Instead of calling these chemicals, ‘chemicals’ they renamed them neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters were named because of where they are found in the brain. These chemicals jump from one
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2008 for the course CHEM IDS taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '07 term at Concordia College Moorhead.

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Chem Project - Carkhuff 1 Braden Carkhuff Mr. R. Hammerberg...

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