Vision, Senses, and Motor Control Worksheet

Using the text for this course, the University Library, the Internet, and/or other resources answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be at least 250 words in length. 1. What role does experience play in object recognition and visual perception? Be sure to include a specific example from your experience. I would... Continue Reading →

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The Inter-relatedness of Gender Identity and Sexual Differentiation

Gender identity and sexual differentiation form a complex, interrelated paradigm involving genetic inheritance, internal and external physiology, endocrinology, neurological structure, sexual orientation, and socio-environmental factors. Before the 1950’s gender assignment at birth was a matter of ‘predominant sex’; in other words, dependent on the external genitalia, structure of gonads, and sex chromosomes (Cohen-Kettenis, 2005). In... Continue Reading →

Current Issues in Psychopharmacology

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) affects one out of every 200 people in the United States over the age of 50, with 10% of the overall diagnosed younger than 50 years of age, for a combined total U.S. prevalence of 66 to 258/100,000 (Wickens, 2005; Berger, Dodel, & Oertel, 2001). The clinical presentation of PD usually includes... Continue Reading →

Brain Structures and Functions Worksheet

Below you will see two columns: Brain Structure and Function(s). Items listed under the column, “Brain Structure” will list a region of the brain, while items under the column titled “Function(s)” will describe the general behavior, skill, and/or activity of the associated brain structure. Fill in the blank for each of the statements below, either... Continue Reading →

Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Select one of the learning or memory disorders. Explain the causes behind the disorder and describe how the normal processes are affected.  Please cite and reference appropriately Just a note: this should be a more academic discussion now that you have gained considerable knowledge about neuroanatomy. It would appear that Alzheimer’s affects nearly 5 percent... Continue Reading →

How Do Hormones Affect Sexual Orientation?

DQ1: Hormones play a critical role in complex human behaviors. There is evidence that our sexual orientation is influenced by hormones. How do hormones released during pregnancy influence neurological functions and behaviors? What conclusions can you draw from this evidence?    I found the evidence for a hormonal basis for sexual orientation rather lacking. It... Continue Reading →

The Link Between Testosterone and Aggression

DQ1: Hormones play a critical role in complex human behaviors. Several theories have advanced ideas about the way our behavior is influenced by hormones, including our sexual orientation. Select one of these theories and explain it, focusing on the proposed influence of hormones on neurological functions. Do you think this theory is plausible?  As usual,... Continue Reading →

What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Pharmacological Treatment for Mental Illnesses?

DQ2: What are the benefits and drawbacks of pharmacological treatment for mental illness? Are you in favor or against pharmacological treatment of mental illness? Why? Support your argument with authoritative sources.  Cite and reference appropriately. As I read about the prophylactic treatment of bipolar disorder through the use of lithium, I was reminded of those commercials where the... Continue Reading →

How Do Neurophysiological Processes Affect Behavior?

DQ1: There are several neurophysiological processes in our bodies. Define what a neurophysiological process is. Select one of these processes and briefly describe its operation. How does this process affect behavior? Neurophysiological processes comprise the “…chemical and physical changes which take place in the nervous system” (Neurophysiology, 2009, p. 1). In our reserve readings for... Continue Reading →

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