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Sheet1 Page 1 Lecture 1 objectives - 1/5/10 -Define biopsychology i. What is biopsychology? a. the scientific study of the biology of behavior i. neuroanatomy ii. neurochemistry iii. neuroendocrinology iv. neuropathology v. neuropharmacology vi. neurophysiology b. all of these areas combine to attempt to understand how the nervous system controls behavior II. The mind-body problem a. body --> our biological and physiological structures and functions b. mind --> self-awareness, judgment, imagination c. dualism a. the brain and mind (soul) are separate entities b. interactive dualism III. Contribution of Rene Descartes a. method of doubt IV. Rene Descartes: Cogito Ergo Sum a. if it is not possible for an evil being of "supreme power" to convince me of X when X is false, then I cannot rationally doubt X b. It is not possible for an evil being of supreme power to convince me that I am thinking when it is false that I am thinking c. I cannot rationally doubt that I am thinking V. Rene Descartes a. he can rationally doubt that his body exists
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Unformatted text preview: b. he cannot doubt that he exists--> Descartes is not his body VI. Cartesian dualism a. formulated by Rene Descartes (1596-16500) b. spiritual mind that is unique to humans c. mechanistic body: operates as an automated hydrualic system d. the mind interacts with the brain in the pineal gland VII. Alternativedualistic views: a. Occasionalism and paarallelism i. mind and body operate independently from each other but in parallel Sheet1 Page 2 VIII. Monism a. to believe that there is only one thing - either mind OR body b. idealism/phenomenalism: only mind can be considered "real" c. physicalism: only the physical is real the mental can be reduced to the physical i. the "mind" is merely a set of physical/biological events IX. study of kids with ADHD a. kids with lower levels of serotonin were more likely to suffer from ADHD b. people thought it was b/c of genetics i. turns out it was b/c of psychological environment...
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2010 for the course PSY 3 taught by Professor Cohen during the Winter '10 term at UCSB.

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