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AP Psychology Unit III - Biological Bases of Behavior

AP Psychology Unit III - Biological Bases of Behavior

Author: Leah Kurtz
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For Storify for Unit III Vocabulary, go here:  https://storify.com/leahkurtz2012/ap-psychology-unit-iii-biological-bases-of-behavio

Identify basic processes and systems in the biological bases of behavior, including parts of the neuron and the process of transmission of a signal between neurons.

Discuss the influence of drugs on neurotransmitters (e.g., reuptake mechanisms).

Discuss the effect of the endocrine system on behavior.

Describe the nervous system and its subdivisions and functions:

central and peripheral nervous systems;
major brain regions, lobes, and cortical areas;
brain lateralization and hemispheric specialization.

Recount historic and contemporary research strategies and technologies that support research (e.g., case studies, split-brain research, imaging techniques).

Discuss psychology’s abiding interest in how heredity, environment, and evolution work together to shape behavior.

Predict how traits and behavior can be selected for their adaptive value.

Identify key contributors (e.g., Paul Broca, Charles Darwin, Michael Gazzaniga, Roger Sperry, Carl Wernicke).

Identify basic processes and systems in the biological bases of behavior, including parts of the neuron and the process of transmission of a signal between neurons.

Discuss the influence of drugs on neurotransmitters (e.g., reuptake mechanisms).

Discuss the effect of the endocrine system on behavior.

Describe the nervous system and its subdivisions and functions:

central and peripheral nervous systems;
major brain regions, lobes, and cortical areas;
brain lateralization and hemispheric specialization.

Recount historic and contemporary research strategies and technologies that support research (e.g., case studies, split-brain research, imaging techniques).

Discuss psychology’s abiding interest in how heredity, environment, and evolution work together to shape behavior.

Predict how traits and behavior can be selected for their adaptive value.

Identify key contributors (e.g., Paul Broca, Charles Darwin, Michael Gazzaniga, Roger Sperry, Carl Wernicke).

In this unit, you will view the video and PowerPoint, then take a short quiz to assess your understanding of the materials.

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Tutorial

Crash Course Psychology #3: The Chemical Mind

Crash Course Psychology is a great YouTube channel with short videos providing overviews of topics we will discuss this year.

Crash Course Psychology #4: Meet Your Master - Getting to Know Your Brain

Crash Course Psychology is a great YouTube channel with short videos providing overviews of topics we will discuss this year.

Research Article - Unit III

Read the attached research article, and answer the following questions via turnitin.com by the due date:

1. Provide background information of the study at hand. Who was/were the researcher(s) involved in this study? What question(s) were they attempting to answer? What were their hypotheses/theories?

2. Describe the researchers’ methods. How did they test their hypothesis?

3. What were the results of this study?

4. What were the researchers’ conclusions? Was their hypothesis correct? How so?

5. In what ways were their findings significant?

6. Discuss recent applications of this study. If you were asked to modify this study in some way, how would you go about doing so?

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Source: Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research - By Roger R. Hock

Unit III: All Vocabulary

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Source: Myers, D. Psychology. Worth Publishers.