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End of Chapter 2 Association Areas More intelligent animals have increased “uncommitted” or association areas of the cortex. The idea that we only use ten percent of our brain is ridiculous. Most of our brain is association areas that arre doing very complex things that make us different from a rat, cat, etc. Language Areas of Brain Diagrams in book. Observing the brain Visualizing structure: Computer assisted tomography (CT Scan); Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Read the boxes in the book about other techniques. Hemispheric Differences in the Brain Left & Right Hemispheres. Left: Words, letters, language sounds, verbal memory, speech, reading, writing, arithmetic. Right: geometric patterns, faces, emotional expression, music, nonlanguage sounds, nonverbal memory, emotional tone of speech, geometry, sense of direction, distance, mental rotation of shapes. Chapter 3
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Unformatted text preview: Genes and Personality: Williams Syndrome (Video) 1 in 25,000 children are born with it. They are characteristically affectionate and personable, compassionate, gravitate toward people, sociable. Caused by a missing gene from chromosome 7. This shows that our genes have a significant role in our personalities. Williams points this out because there is a set of genes missing from one of a pair of chromosomes and you end up with a specific personality. Behavior genetics: Predicting Individual differences Chromosomes containing DNA are found in the nucleus in every cell of our bodies. 46 Chromosomes, 23 from each mom and dad. Genes: segment of DNA containing the code for a particular protein; determines our individual biological development. Chromosome: threadlike structure made largely of DNA molecules. Humans share 99.9% of the same genes....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Cave during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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