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psych106-1 - Physiological Psychology MONISM “the mind is...

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Physiological Psychology (Psych 106) Professor Dobkins, Ph.D.
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Lecture 1: INTRODUCTION January 10th, 2012 Overview of Physiological Psychology Physiological Basis of Mental Processes and Behavior : 1) Mental Processes, or “The Mind” : A) Sensation of the World (receptors) Vision, Audition, Somatosensation B) Perception of the World (interpret) C) Thoughts about the World 2) Behavior Motor Eating/Drinking Sleeping Language Emotional Sexual Mental Process -> Behavior (but not always) , Taste, Smell
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MIND/BRAIN problem is the MIND = the BRAIN? Dualism vs. Monism (more next lecture) Defnition: The mind exists independently of the brain, the two are of different substances (brain = physical, mind = metaphysical). Defnition: Mind and brain are two ways of talking about the same thing. In theory, all mental experiences and behaviors can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain/body.
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Unformatted text preview: Physiological Psychology : MONISM: “the mind is the brain”… but that doesn’t make the mind any less miraculous. (Pat Churchland) The Use of Animals for Research Reasons: 1) Start simple. Example: Aplysia, to study learning and memory 2) Highlighted Mental Process or Behavior. Example: olfaction in rats 3) Interest for its own sake. Example: echolocation in bats 4) Elucidate human evolution 5) When using animals is the only way to address the question. 6) Medical relevance -> save human lives.- Strict guidelines exist for the use of animals- Animal research is justiFed if the beneFts of the results are greater than whatever suffering the animal might experience. Problem : who decides and how do we quantify the beneFts and suffering?...
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