Biopsych Notes - PSY308 BIOPSYCHOLOGY Overview Key...

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PSY308 BIOPSYCHOLOGY
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Key introductory concepts Brain and Behaviors Types of studies Overview
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A. Mind vs. Brain Problem B. Nature vs. Nurture C. Evolution of brain D. Reductionism Key Introductory Concepts
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Mind - conscious thinking Brain- an organ A. Mind vs. Brain Problem (similar to "Psychological" vs "Physiological") Tell me, where is fancy bred, In the heart or in the head? Shakespeare Merchant of Venice III.2
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Relationship between mind and brain B . Monism - mind and brain consist of the same physical substance e.g.) The mind is brain activity (identity position) The mind emerges from organized brain structure and activity (emergent property position) A. Dualism - the mind and brain are fundamentally different and exist apart from one another. e.g.) Descartes: mind and body interacts at the pineal gland, ‘seat of soul’
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Early evidence in support of monism a. Brain damage - When you lose part of your brain, you may lose part of your "mind" b. Electrical stimulation - Stimulation of different parts of the brain result in different behaviors, thoughts & feelings
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Nature vs. Nurture
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