Ch 2: Biological Bases of Behavior in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Biological Bases of Behavior chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the numerous biological components that influence behavior in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Biological Bases of Behavior chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Biological psychology introduction Biopsychologists, nervous system, endocrine system, behavioral neuroscientists
Tuesday Neurons and neurotransmitters Dendrites, axon, neurons, action potential, neurotransmitters, myelin sheath, synaptic gap
Wednesday The nervous system Spinal cord, reflex, central nervous system, motor neurons, peripheral nervous system
Thursday The brain and neuroplasticity Brainstem, thalamus, reticular formation, cerebellum, hypothalamus, amygdala, pituitary gland, Phineas Gage, Broca's aphasia, neuroplasticity
Friday The endocrine system Thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, adrenaline, mood, decision making

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Biological Bases of Behavior in Psychology Lesson Plans
Intro to Biological Psychology

1. Intro to Biological Psychology

What are the biological factors that affect our behavior? In this lesson, you'll take a look at biological psychology, which looks at the interplay between biological processes and mental states.


2. Neurons

What are the parts of a neuron? You'll watch Neuron Garciaparra work up a sweat as he throws baseballs to demonstrate the structures and functions of the billions of neurons that reside in your body.


3. Neurotransmitters

How do our bodies communicate with our brains and vice versa? In this video, you'll see how neurons and neurotransmitters can be likened to billions of tiny baseball players engaged in a non-stop game of catch.

Nervous System

4. Nervous System

What happens in your nervous system when you react to stimuli? Did you know that the brain is sometimes uninvolved with reflexes? Find out the answer to these questions, and more, in this lesson on the human nervous system.

Parts of the Brain

5. Parts of the Brain

Is there a way to easily remember the many parts of the brain? Don't be afraid of all these complex terms; this lesson outlines some easy and fun phrases to help you memorize the brain's anatomy. Let's take a look.


6. Neuroplasticity

Is your brain preprogrammed and unchangeable or adaptive and malleable? As you watch this video, you'll explore how the brain, a more resilient and resourceful machine than any computer, responds to damage and new experiences.

Endocrine System

7. Endocrine System

Our hormones play a big part in how we feel and behave throughout the day. Hormones also affect important bodily functions. What other functions do our hormones regulate? Find out in this lesson on the endocrine system!

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