Mini Paper # 1
Psychology 111, Fall 2009
— To integrate the readings and lecture with your own personal world-view, and to learn
how to use scholarly journals.
In the Book of Mormon, (Mosiah 3:19) King Benjamin speaks of putting off the
“natural man”; yet, we learn from the first few chapters of the textbook that we are very much
like other animals, motivated and driven by our biochemistry, with similar brain structures and
hormonal influences that parallel other animals. Like other animals our learning is relatively
permanent and our past experience has profound influences on our behavior today.
Applying what you have learned answer the question below.
In the first paragraph provide
and underline the topic sentence
The topic sentence should indicate what direction you will be
taking with the question.
Support your topic sentence with evidence from the book, lectures, and
scholarly journal article/s.
Do not assume your claims are axiomatic.
The mini paper is worth 66
points and will be collected at the beginning of class on October 21.
Question: Can humans overcome the “natural man” or are they determined by their
biochemistry, genetics, and environment?
In the first paragraph, provide an introduction and the underlined topic sentence
(+ 15 Points)
Even though we are very much like other animals with similar brain structure, biochemical
urges, and learning habit, humans can overcome the “natural man” because of their ability to
make decision and the influence of social relationship on them.
In the second paragraph, address how the human brain is similar to that of other animals and
how it is different. Pay particular attention to the frontal and/or prefrontal cortex discussing
how it is different from that of animals
Human brain and animal brain have lot of similarities but also differences, especially in the frontal
cortex. Human and animal both have similar structure of hindbrain, structure under the cortex, and
two hemispheres of cortex. However, the cortex, especially the frontal cortex of human is different
from animal. Human cortex surface is full of wrinkles which is the real indicator of human abilities
and intelligence (textbook 2 - 58). Compared to those of animals such as apes, the frontal cortex of
humans, especially the prefrontal part, is bigger and more complicated to be responsible for high