About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about biological psychology. There is no faster or easier way to learn about biological bases of behavior. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn biological bases of behavior, relevant vocabulary, and methods for studying the brain and behavior.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a biological bases of behavior unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Biological Bases of Behavior Unit Objectives:
- Discuss how genetics plays a role in how and why people behave like they do.
- Define dominant and recessive traits, genotype, phenotype, heritability, and environmentality.
- Explain the concept of nature vs. nurture.
- Discuss how psychological abnormalities can be treated with biological methods, such as psychotropic medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and psychosurgery (neurosurgery).
- Describe methods of studying the brain and behavior, such as CAT and PET scans and MRIs.
- Define neurons, and describe their function.
- Explain what neurotransmitters do.
- Identify the parts of the brain and their functions.
- Explain the concept of neuroplasticity.
- Explain the role of the endocrine system in biological psychology.
- Describe the central and peripheral nervous systems; discuss the role they play in biological psychology.
- Describe the differences between the somatic and autonomic nervous systems; discuss the role they play in biological psychology.
- Describe the effects of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems on 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. The Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
Did you know that hammerhead sharks and platypuses share a special type of sensory neuron that humans and most other animals don't have? In this lesson, you'll find out what that sensory neuron and a whole lot of others can do. You'll also learn how the nervous system is organized and the differences between the central and peripheral nervous systems.
10. The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems
In this lesson, you'll learn about two subdivisions of the autonomic nervous system - the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Watch as a hiker, Phil, runs away from a terrifying bear and see how these systems react to the impending danger!
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