Chapter 1. Expected word-count for substantive responses for numbers 1-3 is between 50-100 words:

1 Provide a specific example of a link between the brain and behavior. Using this example discuss some techniques or research methods used to examine the link between the brain and behavior that you described above? What are some findings in biological psychology that can result or have resulted from these techniques or research methods? Remember to include at least one reference.

2 The human Nervous system makes it possible all that we can do, all that we can know, and all that we can experience. That is what the link between the brains in behavior is. Within our bodies the nervous system plays a central role, receiving information from the sensory organs and controlling the movements of the muscle. The largest part of the brain consists of two symmetrical parts the cerebral hemisphere and the corpus callosum from receiving information on opposite side and knowing what the other side is doing plays a huge part in the process of consciousness. One example: epilepsy in have split brain surgery after, the split brain operation is performed, the two hemispheres are disconnected and operate independently. Their sensory, mechanism, memories, and motor system can no longer exchange information.

Sperry, R. W. Brain bisection and consciousness. In Brain and Conscious Experience, edited by J. Eccles. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1966.

3 Well done here describing how split brain operations can impair one’s sense of consciousness. I am fascinated by this topic as it has been going on for centuries and yet we are still in debate about the mind and body relationship. Can consciousness be measured? Can you find a study where it has been able to be measured a shared it here? Thanks, Hillary

Chapter 3. Expected word-count for substantive responses for numbers 1-3 is between 50-100 words:

1 Review Table 3.2 Anatomical Subdivisions of the Brain in the link above to the Chapter 3 PowerPoint slides Discuss the role and function of one of the Principle Structures (e.g., Cerebral Cortex, Limbic System, Pons, etc.) of the brain. Pick one structure and discuss how it effects behavior. Remember to include at least one reference.

2 Cerebral cortex is the outermost layer of gray matter of the cerebral hemispheres. Circuits of the neurons in the cerebral cortex play a vital role in perception, cognition, and control of movement”, (Carlson, N.R., p.75, 2013). Cerebral cortex is known to be an important factor in human consciousness. Poor function in the front part of cerebral cortex area can lead to impulsive decision-making, in which will eventually become compulsive decision-making. Individuals will start of pleasuring their wants, and later their wants will be needs. For example, think of someone who is suffering from an addiction. In that person brain, the cerebral cortex is lacking some activity that plays a part in their impulsive and compulsive decision-making. They make decision based upon pleasure, in which it becomes a need to them. They lose control over their process of making decisions.

Reference: Carlson, N.R. (2013). Physiology of behavior. (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

3 For example, think of someone who is suffering from an addiction. In that person brain, the cerebral cortex is lacking some activity that plays a part in their impulsive and compulsive decision-making. They make decision based upon pleasure, in which it becomes a need to them. They lose control over their process of making decisions.” Excellent point about the effects substances have on psychology and behavior. Substance abuse can have a drastic consequences they can have so much control over one’s impulses. I also think they involve both physiological and psychological aspects of the human experience. Can you think of physiological impact that drugs have on neurotransmitter balance?

Chapter 5. Expected word-count for substantive responses for numbers 1-3 is between 50-100 words:

1 Identify your favorite research method or strategy and discuss why this specific strategy appeals to you. Provide a specific case example of how your identified research method or strategy has been beneficial in understanding how physiology and psychology are interconnected. Provide at least 1 reference.

2 Experimental ablation was one of my favorite research method that I found to be very interesting. “Experimental ablation is one of the most important methods used to investigate brain functions involves destroying part of the brain evaluating the animals subsequent behavior”, (Carlson, N.R., p.132, 2013). Animal and human brain are very similar, and function in similar ways. Experimental ablation study human behavior through the effects of brain lesion done on animals. Experimenter’s destroy or damage parts of animal brain, and identify the effects of the animal functioning. The damage part of the brain can hinder the animal from doing tasks that require vision, in which resulted in the blindness. The damage area was critical for the animal vision.

Reference: Carlson, N.R. (2013). Physiology of behavior. (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

3 Have you ever been startled by something that was innocuous but it sent you jumping? Explain the “startle response” from a physiological perspective. Identify the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system processes involved in the startle response. Provide at least 1 reference.