Since a person’s brain is so fragile, considering how important it is becomes even more daunting. After all, the brain, is the body’s ultimate controller, taking charge of even a person’s own desires and actions once it is compromised by injury, illness, or other ailment (Cahalan, 2012, pg.87). As much as the human race wants to believe they are in control, the truth is one event could drastically change
I saw a statistic which says that 95 percent of what we know about the human brain has been learned in the last ten years. Science is just beginning to understand how the most complicated organ in the human body functions. Neuroscientists now have the technology to observe the brain in action through the recent development of brain imaging technology. Dr. Richard Restak produced a five part series for PBS called The Secret Life of the Brain and he has also written a book with the same title. From the episode on the adult brain, he reaches the following conclusion - "we are not thinking machines, but rather feeling machines that think".
The human brain contains about half as many individual cells as our galaxy has stars (Voytek). There are over 7.4 billion humans living on Earth now (“Population”). Each human brain interacts with the others in a unique way and provides unique things to its community. With their great size and great social interconnectedness, human brains have evolved two especially notable traits: the ability to reason and the ability to empathize. The power of reason is our strongest, and it is what has enabled us to dominate the Earth.
Nonfiction Critique: Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science John Fleischman’s book, Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science published by the Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston in 2002, is an intriguing retelling of the almost unbelievable event that literally changed the man named Phineas Gage. The author reconstructions for the reader the events that transpire before and after an iron spear-like object is rocketed through the head of Phineas Gage and how the man recovers, but also does not. Fleischman expertly walks along the line of scientific fact and interest and gruesome detail. He uses the fascinating story of Phineas Gage to analyze and deconstruct a very detailed and complex science surrounding the human brain, and makes the material readable and accessible to a younger age bracket. The use of scientific terms paired with simplistic explanations and occasional parenthetical definitions aid in the understanding of the difficult content at hand.
Yet the experiments conducted have been predominantly on animals, assuming continuity between species, the data has been generalized to humans. Whereas from the perspective of the psychodynamic model, this is limiting for an individual because without room for speculation, inner conflicts cannot be explored. The components that make up the mind have been assumed through gathering qualitative data. In conclusion, both theories are not without limitations, however, the psychodynamic model offers insight into the unobservable psyche.
Brain dysfunction and behavior The brain is vital to a humans existence. It directs almost everything we do in our daily life. The brain controls our voluntary movements, regulates involuntary activities, stores our memories, allows us to feel emotion and gives each individual a unique personality. Dysfunction in the brain either caused by deformity in development or through a serious head injury can alter a person's behavior.
There is only one approach in psychology that studies thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The biological approach believes that the way we are is due to our genetics and physiology. They believe that the activity going on our nervous system’s is what affects the way we think, feel and behave (Sammons, 2009). The physiology in the biological approach looks into how the brain functions. The brain is a very complicated machine as such, the brain is what controls our every move, every feeling and every action.
However, due to the limitation of skills, most of the researches done are not well designed. A main limitation of psychology as a field of study is that it never captures the nature of consciousness (Willig, 2013), as human mind is bound up with meanings and interpretations which differ from one individual to another
As you can tell from the simple breakdown of the brain, when I talked about the central nervous system, there is a lot going on in the brain. The brain itself is a very complex study with its many parts and breakdowns but then you add behaviors into it. There are many behaviors that we do and all of this comes from the brain. To study them all combined is very complex and takes a long time to do. There have been times where a person has had their brain affected by some accident and that helps psychologist to study this, but there are times when they would have to use rats or other animals to experiment with this.
Rachel Danzig AP Psychology Dr. Eisen August 20, 2015 I. Psychology’s History A. Psychology’s Roots 1. Prescientific Psychology a. Socrates and his student Plato stated that the human mind is separate from the body and our knowledge is born within us b. Aristotle, Plato’s student, disagreed, concluding that knowledge can not be preexisting and we grow it from our experiences within our memories c. In the 1600s Rene Descartes believed that the mind can survive the body’s death and our brain holds animal spirits in its fluid and flow from the brain through nerves enabling reflexes d. In 1620 Francis Bacon established that humans functioned around order and patterns e. Adding to Bacon’s ideas was John
Psychology is the scientific study of how human think, how they feel about issues and their behaviour in this research we will learn the meaning of perspectives in Psychology, dwelling on the biological and behavioural approach, I will discuss the difference and commonalities between the two perspectives. WHAT’S PERSEPCTIVE IN PSYCHOLOGY In contemporary psychology perspective simply implies an approach that involves some assumptions about how people behave, how they function and the best way to define this seeming behaviours. There is no one way to approach this perspectives, one is not above the other, though for a long while the behavioural approach was holding the ace being assumed to be the only scientific one.
The human mind is one of the most intricate structures that God has ever created. Understanding that each and every individual holds their own thought pattern with varying degrees of complexity is difficult. Nothing has more influence over a person greater than the influences of the mind. It is responsible for behavior, which then turns into characteristic habits. Psychology as we know it today has only been in practice since the early 1900’s.