AP Psychology

Unit 3: Biological Bases of Behavior

An effective introduction to the relationship between physiological processes and behavior — including the in uence of neural function, the nervous system and the brain, and genetic contributions to behavior — is an important element in the AP course
AP students in psychology should be able to do the following:


Imagine that just moments before your death, someone removed your brain from your body and kept it alive by floating it in a tank of fluid while feeding it enriched blood. Would you still be in there? Further imagine that your still-living brain was transplanted into the body of a person whose own brain had been severely damaged. To whose home should the recovered patient return? If you say the patient should return to your home, you illustrate what most of us believe-that we reside in our head. An acquaintance of mine received a new heart from a woman who had received a heart-lung transplant. When the two chanced to meet in their hospital ward, she introduced herself: "I think you have my heart." But only her heart; her self, she assumed, still resided inside her skull. We rightly presume that our brain enables our mind. Indeed, no principle is more central to today's psychology, or to this book, than this: Everything psychological is simultaneously biological.

  9Biological Psychology and Neurotransmission
 10The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
 11Studying the Brain, and Older Brain Structures
 12The Cerebral Cortex
 13Brain Hemisphere Organization and the Biology of Consciousness
 14Behavior Genetics: Predicting Individual Differences
 15Evolutionary Psychology: Understanding Human Nature

Powerpoint - Chapter Slides 3a, 3b, 3c
Powerpoint - Definitions 3a, 3b, 3c
Study Guide 3A (and Answers 3A)
Study Guide 3B (and Answers 3B)
Study Guide 3C (and Answers 3C)
Textbook (sort of an "e-book")