Ch 5: GACE Behavioral Science: Biological Bases of Behavior

About This Chapter

As you prepare to take the GACE Behavioral Science exam, use this chapter to improve your memory of the structures and functions of the nervous and endocrine systems responsible for our behavior.

GACE Behavioral Science: Biological Bases of Behavior - Chapter Summary

Watch this series of short, engaging lesson videos to prepare for questions about the biological bases of behavior. These lesson videos are taught by expert instructors who discuss the structures and functions of the biological systems that control behavior. After these lessons you should have a better understanding of:

  • The relationship between biological processes and mental states
  • Structures and functions of neurons
  • Different types of neurotransmitters
  • Functions of the central and peripheral nervous system
  • Structures of the brain
  • Effects of neuroplasticity
  • Functions of hormones in the endocrine system

These lesson videos are mobile-device-compatible so that you can take them with you when you're away from your computer. As you complete these lessons, be sure to test your understanding of the material by completing the lesson quizzes and chapter exam that accompany them. When you find topics you don't understand or want more help with, return to main points of the videos with the timeline's jump feature to refresh your understanding of the material.

GACE Behavioral Science: Biological Bases of Behavior Objectives

The state of Georgia uses the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Behavioral Science exam to measure future educators' understanding of behavioral science. Designed for aspiring teachers of sociology, anthropology and psychology, this certification exam is composed of two subtests, both with 60 multiple-choice questions. You can choose to take these exams in either two 2.5-hour testing sessions or one 5-hour testing session. Eighty percent of the questions on the first subtest will be about psychology, and includes some questions about the biological bases of behavior. Prepare for these questions by completing the lessons and assessments of this chapter.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: GACE Behavioral Science: Biological Bases of Behavior
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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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