Ch 4: The Biological Model of Abnormality Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Biological Model of Abnormality chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the biological factors affecting 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 Model of Abnormality 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 Basics of the field and physiological causes for mental illness Biopsychologists and behavioral neuroscientists; links between mental illnesses and infections, malnutrition or metal poisoning
Tuesday Neurons and neurotransmitters Dendrites, myelin sheath, terminal branches, synaptic gap, refractory period, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins
Wednesday Parts of the brain and neuroplasticity Brainstem, thalamus, reticular formation, cerebellum, hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala, pituitary gland, temporal lobe, parietal lobe and occipital lobe
Thursday Endocrine system, sources of biological abnormalities and genetics Insulin and adrenaline; roles of genetics, evolution and viral infections; traits and heritability
Friday Biological treatments and assessment of the biological model Psychotropic medications, psychosurgery and electroconvulsive therapy

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Biological Model of Abnormality 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.

Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

2. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.

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!

Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution

8. Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution

There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health. How do elements like genetics and evolution play a role in psychology? In this lesson, we'll look closer at how genetics and evolution can affect mental illness.

Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption

9. Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption

Are you destined to inherit your mother's penchant for collecting old postcards or your father's constant worry that something bad is about to happen? Find out with this lesson, which delves into the world of genetic and environmental behaviors and personality traits.

Biological Treatments for Psychological Abnormalities

10. 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.

Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

11. Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

What causes mental illness? Some psychologists believe that psychological disorders are caused by physical problems. In this lesson, we'll assess the strengths and limitations of the biological model of abnormality.

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