01 - Introduction to Brain and behav

01 - Introduction to Brain and behav - Introuction to Brain...

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Unformatted text preview: Introuction to Brain and Behavior 180 Instructor: Jan Weiner Hunter College, CUNY Lecture outline Defining biological psychology Divisions of biopsychology Evolution of the human brain Why study the brain Traumatic Brain Injury What is Biopsychology Biological Psychology Branch of psychology that examines the brain & biological processes and their interaction with behaviors, thoughts, and feelings A combination of basic psychology and neuroscience. Alternate names: biopsychology, physiological psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and psychobiology. Studies the physical mechanisms of the body that mediate our behaviors and our mental activity Historical Perspective on the brain Aristotle and Mentalism 384-322 BC Mentalism Of the mind Behaviors are caused by the mind (or psyche). Nonmaterial responsible for human thoughts, perceptions, and emotions Function of brain is to cool the blood. History Rene Descartes (1600s) philosopher, mathematician, scientist Dualism, or the mind-body problem, behavior is controlled by interaction of 2 entities Pineal Gland Animal Spirits Reflex Theory Materialism (Mid 1800s) Behavior is a function of the material, or physical Behavior is a result of the nervous system/brain activity No nonmaterial mind Scientifically most accepted Supported evolutionary theories of Wallace and Darwin Evolutionary Psychology The goal of research in evolutionary psychology is to discover and understand the design of the human mind Why we are the way we are?? To accomplish this, relatively ordinary behavior is examined in light of Darwinian theory to understand human nature The Theory of Evolution 1859 Darwins Theory of Natural Selection On the Origin of the Species Questions he confronted: Why do species change? e.g., variation of birds, frogs, etc Why were organisms so well designed for local environments? Darwins evolutionary perspective (1859) General Evolutionary Theory 3 parts: Natural (Survival) Selection Sexual Selection Inclusive Fitness Darwins Answer- I. NATURAL SELECTION (survival selection): survival of the fittest Variation : the raw material Inheritance : what gets passed down...
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