Most Effective Research Concerning Brain Localization

What methods were use to conduct research concerning the localization of behavior/brain relationships? Which method do you feel is most effective? Why? I was particularly interested in Lashley’s research into lesions of rat brains. I did not find this in our textbook. I was doing research for the team presentation and found this pic on: ... Continue Reading →

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Who is Phineas Gage?

Who is Phineas Gage? What impact did he have on the realm of biological psychology? I really don’t think that the materialist’s dream will ever be fully realized. Human cognition will never be explained in wholly physical terms. I say this in reference to Mr. Gage because this is a perfect example. You can lesion... Continue Reading →

Classifying Mental Disorders Into Types

What are the advantages and disadvantages of classifying mental disorders into “types” and maintaining such for clinical reference? Explain your answer. Well, one of the main disadvantages to classifying mental disorders is that they sometimes become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some of the classifications, such as schizophrenia, cover a broad range of symptoms and dysfunctions. In fact,... Continue Reading →

Moral Development During Childhood

How does moral development change for developing individuals? Does it change for everyone? Why or why not? Why do some people fail to develop basic moral values? Basic moral development can be impeded through early childhood exposure to neglect and abuse. I believe that the textbook labeled those people as suffer from reactive attachment disorder.... Continue Reading →

Modern Rites of Passage and Adolescence

Since most Americans do not practice rites of passage, how do we know when adolescence ends and adulthood begins? What psychological features do we expect to see in adolescents? What psychological features do we expect to see in adults? It seems like today the appearance of adulthood is at a younger and younger age but... Continue Reading →

Thinking in the Absence of Language

Do our thoughts require expression in the form of language? Is it possible to think in the absence of language, and if so, how are our thoughts represented? Thought can operate outside the realm of language. A more important observation though is that language cannot operate outside the realm of thought. So language has no... Continue Reading →

What is Negative Reinforcement?

What is negative reinforcement and give examples? In my own words, negative reinforcement is when something is taken away and that encourages a certain behavior. This mechanism of conditioning works differently than punishment because both kinds of punishment involve decreasing the chance of a future behavior. I had to read those sections a few times... Continue Reading →

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