Post your response to the following: In your own words, describe biopsychology and its theoretical framework.
The theoretical framework for biopsychology reads like a laundry list of psychological theories; genetics, experience, perceptions. These three sound eerily like the psychodynamic theory, the behaviorist tradition, and social-cognitive theory. Add to that physiology and biopsychology seems to encompass a great swath of the psychological tradition. To directly answer the question though, genes dictate neural development, which in turn impacts an organism’s experience (Pinel, 2007). The development of an individual’s nervous system is further impacted by their experiences, which then influences the current organism. Add to that the current situation and the organism’s perception of that situation and an organism’s current behavior comes into view.
How can understanding biopsychology be helpful in your personal and/or professional life? Provide a real-life example.
I see biopsychology as just another facet in my study of human behavior. Studying psychology without studying biopsychology would be like studying computers without ever looking at the hardware. There is so much you can understand about a device without getting under the hood. I guess I could use biopsychology to better understand my sleep patterns. As I looked through the chapters I noticed that there was one specifically on sleep and dreams. In some of the other psychology classes I was fascinated by Freudian psychology and his emphasis on dreams. I am sure that I will find that chapter no less interesting.
Pinel, J.J. (2007). Basics of biopsychology. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.