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Unformatted text preview: 1 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 Slides & Handouts by Karen Clay Rhines, Ph.D. Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Models of Abnormality Models of Abnormality 2 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 Models of Abnormality Models of Abnormality In science, the perspectives used to explain phenomena are known as models, or paradigms Each provides a set of assumptions and concepts that help us explain and interpret observations Helpful because they spell out basic assumptions and set guidelines for investigation They influence what investigators observe, the questions they ask, the information they seek, and their interpretation of that information 3 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 Models of Abnormality Models of Abnormality Historically, clinical scientists of a given time and place agreed on a single model of abnormality a model greatly influenced by cultural beliefs Currently, there are several competing models of abnormality Why? Each model focuses on one aspect of human functioning and no single model can explain all aspects of abnormality 4 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 The Biological Model The Biological Model Takes a medical perspective Main focus is that psychological abnormality is an illness brought about by malfunctioning parts of the organism Typically focused on the brain 5 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 How Do Biological Theorists How Do Biological Theorists Explain Abnormal Behavior? Explain Abnormal Behavior? Brain anatomy The brain is composed of ~100 billion nerve cells (called neurons) and thousands of billions of support cells (called glia) Within the brain, large groups of neurons form distinct areas called brain regions 6 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 7 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 How Do Biological Theorists How Do Biological Theorists Explain Abnormal Behavior? Explain Abnormal Behavior? Brain anatomy and abnormal behavior Clinical researchers have found connections between certain psychological disorders and problems in specific brain areas Example: Huntingtons disease & basal ganglia (forebrain) 8 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology , 5e Chapter 2 How Do Biological Theorists How Do Biological Theorists Explain Abnormal Behavior?...
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