PSYCH 100 Wiley Notes Chapter 1

PSYCH 100 Wiley Notes Chapter 1 - The Boundaries and...

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The Boundaries and Borders of Psychology 1. Psychology Psychology is defined as the scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior. Psychological processes reflect the influence of biological processes of the cells within the nervous system and the context of cultural beliefs and values. 2. Biopsychology Biopsychology (or behavioral neuroscience) seeks to understand the mind through understanding the biological activity of the brain. 3. The Mind-Brain problem Mental events include memory and emotion. Brain processes include the electrical and chemical processes of neurons. 4. Localization Localization of function refers to the notion that discrete brain regions control discrete aspects of mental functioning. Support for localization of function: Electrical stimulation of the brain (Penfield) leads to distinct motor movements. Damage to certain brain structures can alter specific mental function. Lesions of neural pathways alter behavior in animal studies. Rats with hypothalamic damage overeat to obesity. Humans with focal brain damage show evidence of impairment of
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2009 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Matchock,robert during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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PSYCH 100 Wiley Notes Chapter 1 - The Boundaries and...

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