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Lecture 4 - Neuroscience 1 (different version)

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Christopher Teeter

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 heart. -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
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