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Below is a sample breakdown of the Biology in Psychology 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|| Intro to biological psychology|
Studying the brain and behavior
| Overview of this field|
Methods of looking at how the brain and behavior are connected, including MRIs, CT scans, fMRIs, PET scans
|A look at neurons and chemical neurotransmitters and how they send signals from the brain|
|Wednesday||Parts of the brain|
|The anatomy of the brain|
How the brain responds to damage and new experiences
|Thursday||Endocrine system||How hormones influence the body and behavior|
|Friday||Biological influences on behavior||The role of genetics, genotype and phenotype, heritability, nature vs. nurture|
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. Techniques to Study the Brain and Behavior
Why do you behave the way you do? Human behavior begins in the brain. To study the brain, psychologists use a variety of tools, like EEG, PET and CAT scans, MRI, DTI, and studying pathology in individuals.
3. What is a Neuron? - Definition, Parts & Function
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.
4. What is a Neurotransmitter? - Definition, Types, Function & Examples
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.
6. What is Neuroplasticity? - Definition & Examples
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 Function & Hormone Regulation
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. Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics & Environment
Humans are a product of both our genetic makeup and our environmental surroundings. Does one influence our behavior more than the other? It can be difficult to tell, but there are ways that scientists can better understand why we do the things we do.
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