Chapter 1 notes from textbook - important things to know

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Brain imaging j assessing changes in metabolic activity in brain (i. e. noting where blood flows as ppl process info) Psychological science j the study of mind, brain, and behavior. Mind: mental activity like thoughts and feelings (senses)/it is what the brain does. Behavior: wide variety of actions from subtle to complex. The mind is adaptive j (evolutionary theory, natural selection, adaptations: adaptations j physical characteristics, skills, and abilities that increases their chances of survival and reproduction. Psychological science (the mind and behavior) can be studied on many levels of analysis: social, individual, biological, cognitive, neurochemical, brain-systems, Culture j beliefs, values, rules, norms, and customs that exist within a group of ppl who share a common language and environment. Is the mind the subjective experience of the physical brain. Sensus communis j location of sensory messages such as vision, touch, smell.

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