psych290ch5 - Chapter5:biologicalaspectsofPersonality 00:07

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Chapter 5: biological aspects of Personality 00:07 Direct Genetic Effects Natural Selection and Functionalism: Darwin o Natural Selection: The process by which certain adaptive characteristics  emerge over generations o Evolutionary Personality Theory: An area of study applying biological  evolutionary theory to human personality Angelman Syndrome: Genes and Personality o Angelman Syndrome: a biological disorder caused by a defect on  chromosome 15 Child is very fun and happy and attractive but suffers from mental  retardation Behavioral Genomics: The study of how genes affect behavior Genetic Effects through Temperament Temperament: Stable individual differences in emotional reactivity  Activity, Emotionality, Sociability, Impulsivity o Activity: Some children are almost always in vigorous motion while others  are more passive o Emotionality: some children are easily aroused to anger or fear or other  emotions, whereas other children are calmer o Sociability: sociable children approach and enjoy others o Aggressive/Impulsive: characterizes the extent to which children are  aggressive and cold rather than conscientious and friendly  Eysench’s Model of Nervous System Temperament o Introversion-extroversion: all in lecture slides o Electrodermal Measures: measure that monitor the electrical activity of the  skin with electrodes  Approach, Inhibition, and Regulation o Behavioral inhibition system: provides the orienting response to novel  situations and also responds to things that are punishing If this system is sensitive then you are prone to anxiety o Behavioral activation system: regulates our response to rewards If this is overly active, then you are impulsive and constantly seeking  rewards  Sensation Seeking and Addiction-Proneness
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2011 for the course PSYCH 290 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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