Notes - IntroPsych 1XX3 - Term 2
Week of February 3rd, 2014
Live Lecture: Neuroscience 1
Connections and disconnections
• Connectivity leads to different behaviour
• Consequences of disconnections
Brain – sensory information is processed
- sensation + perceptions are different: auditory & visual top-down processing
-Example of movie – STRANGER THAN FICTION: narrated brain
Information processing + self deception – Study about psychology and medicine effects on athletes
-Ran tests: Participants put their hand in a bucket of cold water and the amount of time that they leave it in is
measured (avg. 30-40s)
-Exposed participants to stories about life expectancy and how there are 2 different types of hearts: one bad
and one good. Half of the participants are told that if they can keep their hand submerged in the cold water for
long, it means that they have a good heart while the other half are told that it means that they have a bad
-Basically a study where there was a lot of lying involved.
-Results reflect what the participants were told.
-When asked if they did this deliberately, 29/30 said no – could be due to shame.
Case study: Phineas Gage
Phineas P. Gage (1823–1860) was an American railroad construction foreman remembered for his improbable
survival of a rock blasting accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head,
destroying much of his brain's left frontal lobe, and for that injury's reported effect