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Unformatted text preview: Psychology Psychology- scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior Psychological processes influenced by: biological processes of cells within the nervous system context of cultural beliefs and values Biopsychology Biopsychology - understand the mind through understanding biological activity of the brain Mind-Brain problem Biopsychology Localization of function- discrete brain regions control discrete aspects of mental functioning Electrical stimulation of the brain Lesions of neural pathways alter behavior in animal studies Humans with focal brain damage show evidence of impairment of language Broca: damage to left front hemisphere impairs language Localization of Function Damage here produces difficulty in speaking Damage here produces difficulty in language comprehension Cultural Influences and Psychology Culture - influence of membership in a larger group (such as a tribe or nation) A society is not simply the sum of the individuals that make up the society Rather, culture impacts psychological functioning of individuals within the society Philosophical Issues of Psychology Free will vs. determinism?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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