Biological Psychology Worksheet

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Biological Psychology Worksheet Sandra Rodriguez PSY/340 Biological Foundation in Psychology 09/30/2012 Lisa Briand Biological Psychology Worksheet What is biological psychology? Biology is defined as the study of life (from the Greek bios meaning ‘life’ and logos meaning ‘study’). Psychology is defined as the study of the mind so therefore, the definition of biological psychology defines the study as “bringing, together biology and psychology to understand behavior and thought” (Psychology Glossary). Biological psychology is a school of thought that looks at the body to explain what’s going on in the mind. In general to researchers, it’s the study of relationships between behavior and any other body functioning; a link between behavior and the brain or even behavior and the mind. It looks at the influence of hormones, genes, the brain, and the central nervous system which ultimately explains the way we think, feel, and behave. When we speak of “Nature vs. Nurture, biological psychology teams up with “nature”. Foremost, biological psychology uses the “nature approach and applies it to the understanding of the psychological bases for learning and memory, emotionality, and mental and behavior disorders. This is how scientist have been able to come up with medication to treat mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. They have proven that there is a connection with genes and chemical changes in the brain that causes theses illnesses in the mind but with the right treatment, it can adjust the changes and chases the illness away. What is the historical development of biological psychology? While psychology is very broad, it is important to know the history of biological psychology because some of the past experiences have shaped into this school of thought to what it is today by providing us with a better
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