To Eat or Not to Eat

You are a counselor for those suffering from eating disorders. Today, you have two different group sessions: one consisting of clients with obesity issues, and one dealing with anorexia issues. So that the clients feel more comfortable, you would like to first start the session by explaining some of the physiological factors that cause people... Continue Reading →

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The Brain: Structures and Divisions

I have always found it interesting how humans seem incapable of producing any mechanism outside of the blueprint of the human body. We, for instance, create computers that almost directly mirror the function and applicability of the human brain. Then we manufacture automobiles that utilize the same processes as our body, albeit with different ingredients,... Continue Reading →

Sleep Deprivation, Disorder, and Drugs

It has been my experience that sleep is the luxury of the strong-minded and the vice of the weak-minded. Sleep, in my life, has served as both a safe haven and torture chamber. I think Dale Carnegie (n.d.), the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, said it best, “If you can’t sleep,... Continue Reading →

Psychiatric Disorders, Diseases, and Drugs

The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the United States is at a level that demands greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in the disorders and the drugs commonly concerned in treatment. Consequently, about 1% of the general population is affected by schizophrenia, 6% for depression, .07% of children develop Tourette syndrome, and about 25% of... Continue Reading →

Structures of the Nervous System

This activity will increase your understanding of the different structures of the nervous system and brain. During the Web activity, you will view a variety of structures of the brain and nervous system and label each with the appropriate term. You will use this document to write a description for the terms you used in... Continue Reading →

The Nature-Nurture Issue

Why is it flawed to ask how much of a particular behavior is due to genetics and how much is due to experience? It is nonsensical to ask how much genetics and experience contribute to human behavior because they collectively supply the basis for behavior. In the text, I particularly liked the illustration of the... Continue Reading →

Sexual Orientation and Identity Presentation

Slide 2 Notes There are three basic types of sexual orientation in the human population, which are heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. Heterosexual is the term reserved for those who are attracted to the opposite sex, and homosexual refers to those who are attracted to their own sex. Bisexual is, of course, those who are sexually... Continue Reading →

Theories of Emotion Comparison

Darwin It would seem that Darwin’s theory of emotion deals more with the theory of the expression of emotion rather than a theory detailing the exact mechanisms of emotion. Darwin’s theory entails the underlying premise that emotional expressions necessitate the same emotional state across an entire species (Pinel, 2007). As with Darwin’s theory of natural... Continue Reading →

Eating: What, When, and How Much

Post a 100- to 150-word response to the following: After reading section 10.3 in the text, Factors that Determine What, When, and How Much We Eat, does your personal experience support these concepts? Why or why not? Provide examples. Yes, I have always known what Pinel (2007) was saying about sensory-specific satiety. When I was... Continue Reading →

Cerebral Lateralization and Functionality

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Many studies have been conducted on cerebral lateralization revealing different functionalities of the left and right hemispheres. Describe four methods for studying cerebral lateralization. Lesions The first way to study brain lateralization is through brain damage, specifically damage to the cerebral commissures (Pinel, 2007). The corpus... Continue Reading →

Brain Studies Presentation

Slide 2 Notes The human race has come a long way in our understanding of the brain since the time of lobotomies and blood-letting.  We can now use computers to digitally capture a picture of the brain or we can experiment with animals in various ways to better understand our own brain functions. Furthermore, there... Continue Reading →

Theories of Sleep (Recuperation vs. Circadian)

Why do we sleep? What governs when or how long we sleep? This activity will assist you in understanding two common sleep theories, recuperation and circadian, which provide different answers to these questions. Depending on which one you support, it may change your outlook on sleep and your current sleeping habits. Categorize each characteristic under... Continue Reading →

The Stages of Sleep and Dreaming

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Describe the stages of sleep. In which stage do we dream? When a person first shuts their eyes to go to sleep alpha waves begin to show up on the EEG (Pinel, 2007). These waves go up down in waves of 8 and 12 Hz bursts.... Continue Reading →

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