Ch 18: Biology & Behavior in Psychology

About This Chapter

Review the biological structures that impact human behavior with these short but detailed video lessons. This overview can help you review key facts as you prepare for class, professional certification or licensure exams.

Biology & Behavior in Psychology - Chapter Summary

What is biological psychology? What parts of the brain and nervous system play parts in our psychological actions? These are among the important topics you'll explore with the lessons in this chapter. You'll review information about neurons, neurotransmitters, the endocrine system and more. Once you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe what biological psychology is and define relevant terms
  • Relate the parts of and function of neurons
  • Discuss the role of neurotransmitters
  • Provide details about the central and peripheral nervous systems
  • List and describe systems, lobes and other structures of the brain
  • Define and provide detailed information about neuroplasticity
  • Detail the types and functions of glands in the endocrine system

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7 Lessons in Chapter 18: Biology & Behavior in Psychology
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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.

What is a Neuron? - Definition, Parts & Function

2. 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

3. 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.

Nervous System Overview: Central & Peripheral

4. Nervous System Overview: Central & Peripheral

What happens in your nervous system when you react to stimuli? Did you know that the brain is sometimes uninvolved with reflexes? Find out the answer to these questions, and more, in this lesson on the human nervous system.

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!

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