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- Define the scope of biological psychology.
- Explore the physiological causes of mental illness.
- Examine the structure and function of neurons.
- Describe the role of neurotransmitters.
- List the different parts of the brain.
- Learn how the brain changes in response to damage and new experiences.
- Explain how hormones affect our behavior.
- Understand how biological abnormalities may be caused by genetics, evolution and viral infections.
- Discuss the use of genetics in predicting or explaining behavior.
- Examine different types of biological treatments for psychological disorders.
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of the biological model.
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. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness
There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
8. Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution
There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health. How do elements like genetics and evolution play a role in psychology? In this lesson, we'll look closer at how genetics and evolution can affect mental illness.
9. Behavioral Genetics
Are you destined to inherit your mother's penchant for collecting old postcards or your father's constant worry that something bad is about to happen? Find out with this lesson, which delves into the world of genetic and environmental behaviors and personality traits.
10. Biological Treatments for Psychological Abnormalities
The biological model of psychology focuses on treating the underlying physical issues that might be causing psychological disorders. In this lesson, we'll go through some common biological treatments for mental illness.
11. Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
What causes mental illness? Some psychologists believe that psychological disorders are caused by physical problems. In this lesson, we'll assess the strengths and limitations of the biological model of abnormality.
12. Adoption Study on Personality
In the ongoing debate about nature versus nurture, one of the more influential type of studies is adoption studies on personality. Are adopted children more like their adoptive parents or their biological parents? This lesson reveals the answer.
13. Physical Disorders of the Brain: Effects, Types & Psychological Treatments
The human brain is a complicated organ, and a variety of disorders may arise when it doesn't function properly. These disorders may be relatively simple to treat, or they may even be life-changing or life-threatening.
14. What Are Neurological Disorders? - Symptoms, Definition & Types
Did you know that there are more than 600 different kinds of neurological disorders? Learn more about the different types of neurological disorders and their symptoms from examples.
15. What is the Biopsychosocial Model? - Definition & Example
The biopsychosocial model is a tool that psychologists use to examine how psychological disorders develop. This lesson will provide a definition of this model and provide specific examples to illustrate how it can be used.
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