ERIC Number: EJ917250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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Putting the Mind in the Brain: Promoting an Appreciation of the Biological Basis to Understanding Human Behavior
Neumann, David L.
College Student Journal, v44 n3 p790-794 Sep 2010
A surprising number of students in psychology, behavioral science, and related social science classes fail to appreciate the importance of biological mechanisms to understanding behavior. To help teachers promote this understanding, this paper outlines six sources of evidence. These are (a) phylogenetic, (b) genetic/developmental, (c) clinical, (d) experimental, (e) brain recordings, and (f) experiential. The evidence can be easily understood from common knowledge or personal experience and can be incorporated into an introductory level lecture. It is concluded that the successful study of human behavior requires the student to appreciate the biological basis of the discipline.
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Brain, Psychology, Biology, Genetics, Developmental Stages, Diagnostic Tests, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Introductory Courses, Drug Use, Clinical Psychology, Physiology
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