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Ch 8: Biological Bases of Behavior Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Biological Bases of Behavior chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the links among genetics, physiology and 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 Into to biological psychology, genetics and biological treatments for psychological abnormalities Biopsychologists, nervous system, endocrine system, behavioral neuroscientists, biological model, schizophrenia, electrical brain stimulation
Tuesday Techniques to study the brain and behavior Brain imaging, EEG, positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging
Wednesday Neurons, neurotransmitters, parts of the brain and neuroplasticity Neurons, sensory neurons, chemical signals, dendrites, synaptic gap, axon; brainstem, cerebellum, thalamus, reticular formation, limbic system, Phineas Gage, Broca's aphasia
Thursday The endocrine system and central and peripheral nervous systems Endocrine system, thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal gland, adrenaline; sensory neurons, motor neurons, photoreceptors
Friday The somatic and autonomic and sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems Fight-or-flight response, rest and digest, pupil dilation, digestive activity, heart rate, adrenal glands

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: Biological Bases of Behavior 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.

Biological Treatments for Psychological Abnormalities

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.

Techniques to Study the Brain and Behavior

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.

What is a Neuron? - Definition, Parts & Function

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.

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

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.

Parts of the Brain

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.

What is Neuroplasticity? - Definition & Examples

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.

Endocrine System Function & Hormone Regulation

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!

The Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

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.

The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic 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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