Psychology CH 3 Structure and Function of Genes

4 Pages
91 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Psychology
Course
PSC 1
Professor
Anjali Mishra
Semester
Fall

Description
Structure and Function of Genes CH3 10/08/2012 Evolutionary psychology: Emphasizes mechanisms that explain language learning, attention,  perception, memory, sexual behavior, cooperation, emotion, and reasoning Behavioral genetics: Attempts to separate contributions of heredity and environment  To explain individual differences in personality, mental ability, and other characteristics Human Body – Millions of Cells – Chromosomes – strands of DNA (remember: AT, GC) Studies: Search for genes associated with rare disorders.  Genes close to each other are likely to be inherited together Family members with traits of impulsive behavior Natural Selection: Individuals with genetic traits that are adaptive in the environment tend to survive  and reproduce Charles Darwin Ex. Survival skills such as avoiding poisonous foods (bitter) “Survival of the Fittest” Innate Human Characteristics: Infant reflexes Interest in novelty Desire to explore and manipulate objects Impulse to play and fool around Basic cognitive skills Language: A system that combines meaningless elements (sounds or gestures) to form meaning Noam Chomsky  Surface Structure:  the way a sentence is spoken Deep Structure:  How a sentence is to be understood Language Mental Module : If we don’t teach syntax to toddlers, brain must contain an innate  mental module Children are born with universal grammar  Children:  Go through similar stages of linguistic development Combine words in ways that adults never would Learn to speak of sign correctly  Can development language of their own if not exposed to adult language  ? => How do we know what children will do if not exposed to adult language—against 
More Less

Related notes for PSC 1

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit