PSY 101 1-10-08 - PSY 101 1-10-08 Philosophical Issues o...

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Unformatted text preview: PSY 101 1-10-08 Philosophical Issues o Free Will Belief that behavior is caused by an individuals independent decision-making o Determinism The assumption that everything that happens has a cause or determinant in the observable world Ex-predict the chickens behavior as to why he would want to get to the other side (if we placed food there) o The mind-brain problem: How is experience related to the brain? Rene Descartes which belief is his? Dualism The belief that the mind is separate from the brain but somehow controls the brain and through it also the rest of the body Monism The view that conscious experience is generated by and therefore is inseparable from the brain Neuroscientists, etc. Penile Gland not richly supplied with nerves, people can function without it pretty well who did this? Mind directs this gland, from this mechanisms from the brain then tell the brain what to do (this is only what they used to think, not really true) Data from brain imaging research such as PET (position emission tomography) suggests that brain activity and mental activity are two aspects of the same thing Brain activation for Christopher Reeves with attempts to finger tap is much more immense due to the absence of the movement o Example that the brain is active even in the absence of the behavior Phineas Gage...
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