The Motivational Functions Occurring in Addictions

Question: Compare and contrast the motivational functions occurring in physiological and behavioral addictions. Be sure to illustrate with an example of each. Response: My mother tried to quit smoking once. I was fifteen. She had headaches so bad that nothing would take them away. She couldn’t stop shaking. She sweated profusely at all hours of... Continue Reading →

The Biological Theory As It Pertains to Motivation

Question: Give an overview of biological theory as it pertains to motivation. What role does the brain play in terms of motivation? Include in your answer details about brain structure and functions, as well as brain activity and emotions, as all relate to motivation.  Response: Homeostasis seems like one of the best examples of the... Continue Reading →

How Does Evolutionary and Personal History Affect Behavior?

Question: How does evolutionary history and personal history affect behavior? Provide an example. What is emotion? In what types of social settings might an individual observe the following emotions: sadness, anger, disgust, nervousness, and happiness? What is the relationship between emotion and motivation? Provide an example. Response: Evolutionary history and personal history are both internal... Continue Reading →

What Is Motivation?

Question: What is motivation? Does perception affect motivation? Why or why not? What are the major sources of motivation? What is motivation? Does perception affect motivation? Why or why not? What is the relationship between motivation and behavior? How is motivation demonstrated by behavior? Response: Motivation, as seen as a determinate of behavior, is the... 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 is the Nature of Sensation and Perception as They Apply to the Five Senses?

DQ2: We innately know that our perceptions shape our behaviors. Our senses allow us to interact with our environments and with other people. What are the five senses? What is the nature of sensation and perception as they apply to the five senses? Select one of the five senses and describe its neurological foundations and... Continue Reading →

What is Visual Perception and How Does Experience Affect Visual Perception?

DQ1: For those of us who are sighted, visual perception is a major part of our daily life experience. What is visual perception and how does experience affect visual perception? Provide an example in your response.  How is the brain capable of seeing a spectrum of color when the eye only contains three types of... 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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