[5] 090309 - Behavioural Neuroscience I

[5] 090309 - Behavioural Neuroscience I - Behavioural...

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Behavioural Neuroscience One Introduction: the goo in your head How important is your brain? What’s it connected to…? Ponder these proportions Special about Homo Sapiens Common with other forms of life Behind these views • The way we behave under pressure • Evolutionary theory • Evolved excess processing capacity • Increased awareness across time and space • Terrifying • Try not to think about it • Try to explain it in ways that decrease fear All make us feel ‘special…’ And therefore safer but then along come… - Copernicus & Galileo - Darwin & Freud - Watson & Skinner All ‘dethroned’ humans in some respect - and were reviled for it.
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1848 • Probably a good year for many people • Certainly an interesting year for behavioural neuroscience and neuropsychology. However a particularly crappy year for Phineas Gage! He was about 25 years old. Meet Phineas .... Phineas Gage (1823-1860) • Phineas in 1860 - his death mask. • He survived the injury and lived to around 37 years. • Two years to ‘recover’ from the injury. • Great changes in his personality, post-trauma. • Previously conservative, reliable, dependable… • …then unpredictable, inappropriate, aggressive, and uninhibited.
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DIY dill shoots nail into brain By Sue Hewitt March 7, 2004 Bruce _______ admits he is a fool who is lucky to be alive. He was skylarking with mates over a few beers and took what he thought was an empty nail gun and pointed it at his head. The Victorian father of three fired a 3.2cm nail through his skull into his brain, just behind his temple. A centimetre deeper
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