Ch 1: The Brain's Role in Mental Processes

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The Brain's Role in Mental Processes - Chapter Summary

Studying the brain's role in mental processes is made easy thanks to fun lessons you can examine around-the-clock using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Get a quality understanding of the parts and functions of the brain from a psychological standpoint. In no time, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Discuss Descartes' ideas on dualism
  • Define phrenology, and describe the theory behind its practice
  • Share information about research and experiments that examine the split brain concept
  • Explain the brain damage and personality changes of Phineas Gage
  • Identify and describe the functions of Broca's area and Wernicke's area
  • Describe the techniques used to study the brain and its behavior

Navigate this chapter's lessons at the pace that matches your study and learning habits. Review them in the sequence and at the frequency that guarantees you fully understand the brain's role in mental processes. Assess your comprehension of the concepts you examine by taking multiple-choice lesson quizzes. A practice exam is also available to test your understanding of this chapter.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Brain's Role in Mental Processes
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Dualism and Early Psychological Thought

1. Dualism and Early Psychological Thought

Sometimes it can feel like your mind and body are completely separate from each other. Watch this lesson to find out about what the philosopher Descartes termed dualism, including its relationship to psychology and the types of dualism.

Franz Joseph Gall & Phrenology Theory: Definition & Overview

2. Franz Joseph Gall & Phrenology Theory: Definition & Overview

Learn about phrenology. Understand the theory behind its practice and how it was used to help explain human personality and behavior. Learn about its important role in the development of neurology.

Split Brain: Definition, Research & Experiments

3. Split Brain: Definition, Research & Experiments

Our brains contain two hemispheres. What happens if you disconnect those hemispheres from one another? This lesson addresses that question through an investigation into the concept of a split brain.

Phineas Gage's Story in Psychology: Brain Damage & Personality Changes

4. Phineas Gage's Story in Psychology: Brain Damage & Personality Changes

The story of Phineas Gage is one of the most famous in the history of psychology. Learn about Phineas Gage, the accident that caused him to have personality changes, and how he greatly influenced the field and practice of neuropsychology.

Broca's Area: Function & Definition

5. Broca's Area: Function & Definition

The brain is very complex and is composed of many crucial parts. Each of these parts perform a specific function. In this lesson you will learn about Broca's area.

Wernicke's Area: Function & Location

6. Wernicke's Area: Function & Location

Wernicke's area is an important part of the brain that is involved with helping us to understand spoken language. This lesson will cover where Wernicke's area is located in the brain, how it works, and a little bit about how it was discovered.

Techniques to Study the Brain and Behavior

7. 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.

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