Chapter 1: What is biopsychology?
Coolidge Effect: the fact that a copulating male who becomes incapable of continuing to
copulate with one sex partner can often recommence copulating with another sex partner.
Lordosis: arched-back, rump up, tail-diverted posture of female rodent sexual receptivity
Quasiexperimental study: studies of groups of subjects who have been exposed to the
conditions of interest in the real world.
Case studies: studies that focus on a single case or subject
• Problem is their generalizability...the degree to which their results can be applied to real
Pure research: research for curiosities sake
Applied research: research for direct benefit to humankind
Major divisions of biopsychology…
• Physiological psychology: study of the neural mechanisms of behaviour by manipulating
nervous systems of nonhuman animals in controlled experiments
• Psychopharmacology: study of th