What techniques can neuropsychologists use to study the brain and mind?
The two techniques described in today's reading are
probing the brain with an
recording patient responses, and
identifying brain damage
associated with particular
abnormal behaviors and mental states.
Give an example of a finding that indicates that the brain and mind are strongly related.
One example is the
reliable sensations perceived by a person when a particular
somatosensory cortex is stimulated by electrode. Another would be
consistent abnormal behaviors and mental states resulting from damage to a
particular brain structure. For example, damage to the hippocampi leads to
difficulties in forming new long-term memories.
What is metacognition?
Metacognition is thinking and knowledge about one’s own thoughts and
What portions of this class are intended to aid you in developing metacognition?
progress checks, in-class checks, and Test Feedback Questionnaires are
there major way sin which you will be guided in developing metacognition in this
course. Reading and lecture objectives may also aid in developing metacognition
if used strategically.
What principles explain the following grouping of the brain structures.
Group A: frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, occipital lobe
Group B: somatosensory strip, motor strip, cingulated gyrus
Group C: sylvian fissure, central sulcus
Group D: hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, basal ganglia, hypothalamus
Group A: major
lobes of the cerebral cortex
Group B: examples of
gyri, or hills on the surface of the brain
Group C: examples of
sulci, or valleys on the surface of the brain
Group D: subcortical structures,
or brain regions deep within the brain
Some neuroscientists have claimed that in order to understand the brain, you have to
think in terms of
maps. What evidence is there for this claim?
The brain contains a huge number of maps, not only of the
surface of your
skin, and of your
muscles, but also the
sounds, and the