Carlson Chap 1 - Carlson(7e Physiology of Behavior Chapter 1 Introduction Overview Of Course Topics Foundations of Physiological Psychology

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Carlson (7e) Physiology of Behavior Chapter 1: Introduction Overview Of Course Topics Foundations of Physiological Psychology Neurophysiology and neuroanatomy Methodology Sensation and Movement Physiology of Behavior o Neurological Disorders o Sleep and circadian rhythms o Physiological Psychology Physiological psychology seeks to describe the physical mechanisms of the body that mediate our movements and our mental activity What is the relationship between mind and body? o Two major views of the Mind-Body Problem: “Dualism”: Mind and body are separate but interacting “Monism”: Mind is a property of the physical nervous system (body) Consciousness Consciousness refers to self-awareness and the ability to communicate our thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and memories Consciousness varies across the day/night cycle (dreaming is a special state of consciousness) Drugs can alter consciousness o Alcohol o LSD
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o Chronic amphetamine Consciousness and Blindsight Damage to the visual system on one side of the brain will produce blindness in the opposite (contralateral) visual field Blindsight: blind patients are unable to see, but are able to reach for objects placed in their blind visual field o Implies that we need not be conscious of a stimulus in order to act on that stimulus Blindsight The Split-Brain Procedure The corpus callosum is a bundle of axons that interconnects the two cerebral hemispheres
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Carlson Chap 1 - Carlson(7e Physiology of Behavior Chapter 1 Introduction Overview Of Course Topics Foundations of Physiological Psychology

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