Psychiatry In Psychology

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The human brain is the most complex, enigmatic, and beautiful machine known to man. It is a supercomputer with the ability to love and empathize and feel in a way no manmade technology will ever be able to replicate. Every thought. Every dream. Every idea you've ever had- all come from the twisting, spiraling maze inside your head. However, not every person's mental processes are completely typical. Mental disorders are very common, and can be caused by genetics, a chemical imbalance, trauma, or an unknown reason. Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and study of mental disorders. These disorders are abnormalities in the processes of behavior, mood, cognition, and perception. Psychiatry is a melding…show more content…
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technology has completely revolutionized psychiatric study. In a 2012 TED Talk, Read Montague explains how MRI technology has put us leaps and bounds ahead of where we were just a quarter century ago. "It's in its early stages, and it's crude by some measures, but in fact, 20 years ago, we were at nothing...That's caused a literal revolution" (Montague). In just the past few years, MRI technology has given us valuable insight into the human brain. Psychiatrists can gather information from brain imaging and use it to improve their scientific understanding of mental illnesses. In his TED Talk, Montague also illustrates how MRI eliminates the need for other test subjects- we can see directly into the human mind itself. "This has literally revolutionized cognitive science...now, we have a new experimental prep: human beings. We can now use human beings to study and model the software in human beings, and we have a few burgeoning biological measures" (Montague). This MRI technology allows us to study human brain activity directly and see how the brain responds to treatments and other stimuli. These results allow psychiatrists to adapt their treatments to the person's unique brain processes and improve the effectiveness of their future studies. The MRI technology of today has been a catalyst for profound discoveries in the field…show more content…
"New methods, such as brain imaging, are informing an expanding cognitive neuroscience" (What We Know Now: How Psychological Science Has Changed Over a Quarter Century). These new methods are advancing the scientific knowledge of the brain and its functions. The brain is so complex, and over time psychiatrists must adapt not only their treatments but their perception of psychology as a whole. Because of new technological advancements, entirely new branches of psychological science have been created and have expanded the understanding of the many aspects of the human brain. According to an article by the Association for Psychological Science, "Social neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how social forces affect physiology, as well as how physiology influences social interactions" (What We Know Now: How Psychological Science Has Changed Over a Quarter Century). In this example, the emerging field of social neuroscience has bridged the gap between the scientific and social aspects of psychology. 20 years ago, psychiatric science was limited to a very small set of psychological abnormalities, but now we have dozens of new concentrations, each delving into the mind and uncovering new information all the time. Advancements in technology can lead to small individual results, but those small results can cause a domino effect and lead
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