Genetics, Brain Structure, and Behavior Paper (Bipolar Disorder)

Let’s say that a particular individual seems sad a lot of the time. Yet there are times when this particular individual wears flamboyant clothes, goes on shopping sprees, and seems a little ‘over the top’ with delusions of grandeur (Read and Purse, 2009). This person could be very moody and with no apparent explanation. It... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Biological Basis for Human Thought and Behavior

Abstract This paper addresses the biological basis for human thought and behavior, within the context of the historical basis of biopsychology, the structure of the brain, the mechanisms of neural activity, and the link between biopsychology and other fields of psychology.  Biological Psychology Paper The structure of the brain and the function of the brain... Continue Reading →

Explaining Statistics To People Who Have Not Taken a Statistics Course

Evolutionary theories often emphasize that humans have adapted to their physical environment. One such theory hypothesizes that people should spontaneously follow a 24-hour cycle of sleeping and waking—even if they are not exposed to the usual pattern of sunlight. To test this notion, eight paid volunteers were placed (individually) in a room in which there... Continue Reading →

Understanding Mean, Median, and Standard Deviation

Chapter 2 For the following scores, find the:Mean: 2Median: 2SS: 56Variance: 2.67Standard Deviation: 1.67For the following scores, find the:Mean: 1312.40Median: 1361 SS: 76089.20Variance: 15217.84Standard Deviation: 123.36For the following scores, find the:Mean: 3.17Median: 3.25SS: .53Variance: .09SD: .30A psychologist interested in political behavior measured the square footage of the desks in the official office of four U.S.... Continue Reading →

Research, Statistics, and Psychology

The scientific method is the instrument by which humanity is able to overcome the chains of subjectivism, turn from the shadows of pattern and prediction, and face the blinding light of causality. As to psychology, the scientific method is the main avenue through which research concerning cognition, behavior, and mental functionality is carried out; and... Continue Reading →

Explanation of Variables, Distribution, and Symmetry as They Pertain to Statistics

Explain and give an example for each of the following types of variables:Equal-Interval: Variables in which there are equal distances between each value. An example of equal-interval variables would be S.A.T. scores.    Rank-Order: Variables in which the values represent relative standing to other values. An example of rank-order variables would be the order in which... Continue Reading →

Psychoanalytical Structuralism Compared to Jamesian Functionalism

The great insight of psychological analysis, including Freud’s psychoanalysis, Adler’s individual psychology, Jung’s analytical psychology, and James’s “stream of thought” analogy; is that consciousness can be explained. However, there exists a gulf between the Jamesian understanding of consciousness and the traditional psychoanalytical approach, epitomized by the contrast between functionalism and structuralism, respectively. Whereas structuralism has... Continue Reading →

Women in Psychology (Mary Whiton Calkins)

History without context is little more than the recitation of unrelated events, and history without specific events is little more than a fanciful narrative; therefore, history exists as an interrelated duality between specific events and context. It is through the eyeglass of this apparent duality that the great accomplishments of science come firmly into view... Continue Reading →

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