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PSYCH 257 Lecture 4: Psych 257

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 257
Professor
Carolyn Wilson
Semester
Spring

Description
Psych 257, May 19 2015 • FROM HINDBRAIN SLIDE BEFORE THE PICTURE • Basal ganglia, advanced network of neurons which contain dopamine • Corpus collusom: relay system between the different brains • Biochemical theory: basic premises: chemical imbalances underlie mental disorders • Dendrites: receive signals from other neurons • Axons: send signals to other neurons • When neurotransmitters are released, only certain transmitters are going to bind to certain receptors on the receiving neurons • Genetic explanations: genetic makeup plays an important role un developing abnormal conditions • Autonomic nervous system reactivity may be inherited • Hereditary factors are implicated in alcoholism, sczhiophrenia and depression • Genotype: genetic makeup • Phenotype: the observable physical and behavioral characteristics • Endophenotype trait: super reactivity of your nervous system Biology based treatment techniques • Psychopharmacology: study of effect of drugs on mind and behavior • Electroconvulsive therapy: application of electric voltage to the brain to induce convulsions • Psychosu
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