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Ch 4: AP Psychology: Biology in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Biology in Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach how biology and psychology are related 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 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.

DayTopicsKey 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
TuesdayNeurons
Neurotransmitters
A look at neurons and chemical neurotransmitters and how they send signals from the brain
WednesdayParts of the brain
Neuroplasticity
The anatomy of the brain
How the brain responds to damage and new experiences
ThursdayEndocrine systemHow hormones influence the body and behavior
FridayBiological influences on behaviorThe role of genetics, genotype and phenotype, heritability, nature vs. nurture

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: AP Psychology: Biology in Psychology Lesson Plans
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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.

Techniques to Study the Brain and Behavior

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.

What is a Neuron? - Definition, Parts & Function

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.

What is a Neurotransmitter? - Definition, Types, Function & Examples

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.

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.

What is Neuroplasticity? - Definition & Examples

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.

Endocrine System Function & Hormone Regulation

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!

Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics & Environment

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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