An Introduction to Biopsychology

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Biopsychology is the study of why the brain is the command center and how it influences behaviors, thoughts and feelings. This field of psychology has gained popularity in recent years, and much is being learned about the human mind.

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An Introduction to Biopsychology

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com An Introduction to Biopsychology
  2. 2. www.helpingpsychology.com Biopsychology is a rather complex science, but it’s really a field of psychology with a strong focus on the brain. Biopsychology is the study of why the brain is the command center and how it influences behaviors, thoughts and feelings. http://emedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/anatomy_of_human_brain.jpg
  3. 3. www.helpingpsychology.com This field of psychology has gained popularity in recent years, and much is being learned about the human mind . This field of study generally consists of a variety of experimental techniques and procedures that allow us to expand our knowledge of these correlations. Other names for biopsychology include: <ul><li>Physiological psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral neuroscience </li></ul><ul><li>Psychobiology </li></ul>
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com The Main Focus of Biopsychology This field of psychology deals with more than just thoughts and instead focuses on science.
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com Neurotransmitters are what carry information from the brain throughout the body. These neurotransmitters are exactly what makes us feel pain, any type of emotion, create a reaction or even guide our behaviors. http://www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/images/conditions/epilepsy-neurotransmitter_default.gif
  6. 6. www.helpingpsychology.com Biopsychologists study how biological processes interact with emotions, cognitions and other mental and bodily processes.
  7. 7. www.helpingpsychology.com Why is Biopsychology Important? Scientists are able to view how biology, anatomy and physiology interact with each other and give us a greater understanding of our minds. http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/uploads/brain-neuron-cell.jpg
  8. 8. www.helpingpsychology.com If we are better able to understand how the brain communicates with the body, why and when it does, then we will be able to notice any type of breakdown in communication throughout the body. This will make it easier for medical professionals to be able to diagnose and hopefully one day cure or treat many of the mental illnesses that so many people are plagued with every single day.
  9. 9. www.helpingpsychology.com Biopsychology at Work There are several branches of psychology, but this field of psychology is one that deals with direct experimentation on non-human and human subjects.
  10. 10. www.helpingpsychology.com Someone studying this field will have to become well -versed in the application of certain devices such as EEGs. An EEG, or electroencephalogram , records the activity of the brain through electrodes attached to the subject’s scalp. http://www.lsa.umich.edu/psych/danielweissmanlab/images/eegimage.jpg
  11. 11. www.helpingpsychology.com If a more conservative approach to research appeals to you, there are other fields of study within biopsychology that may catch your interest.
  12. 12. www.argosy.edu www.HelpingPsychology.com Helping Psychology Is Sponsored By

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