The Five Factory Model in Detail

Question: Describe the five factor model in detail. Compare and contrast extrinsic and intrinsic motivation in detail. Response: The five-factor model of personality entails the dimension of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism (Deckers, 2005). Each dimension of personality includes a bi-polar spectrum of descriptors ranging from low to high. Openness includes from low to... Continue Reading →

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Question: Give a detailed overview of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Compare and contrast physiological and psychological needs.  Response: Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs follows a logical progression: physiological, safety, belongingness, esteem, and self-actualization (Deckers, 2005). Maslow’s basic assumption is that lesser needs must be satisfied before higher needs can be addressed and satiated. Physiological needs are... Continue Reading →

The Bio-Social Theory of Motivation

I was fascinated this week with the biosocial theory of motivation. I had never before considered that sex differences concerned with strength, side, and reproductive capability could so heavily leverage social behavior. I was particularly interested in the obvious yet profound observation that women are limited in the number of children they can have, but... 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 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 →

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