This paper will outline the major point of biological psychology. The paper will give an overview of the actual definition of biological psychology and the history of how it came to be. There will be an illustration of the main theorist that attributed to the ideas of biological psychology. As well as commentary on how biological psychology is used today and it’s function in our current society.
Biological psychology can also be called Physiological Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience. Biological Psychology is a study and schools of thought on the mind and body phenomenon. It focuses on the function of the brain and the nervous system and how they are connected and cause body activities like thinking, learning, feeling, sensing, and perceiving. Biological psychology can be considered a study of the physical basis for the reception of internal and external stimuli by the nervous system and the body reaction to it( Britannica, 2010).
The history of Biological Psychology can be traced back all the way to 980 C.E. trough associations made by a physician called Avicenna. He had theory’s and treatments on how the health of the mind attributed to the health of the body and conducted his treatment of patients in accordance with his theory’s. Biological Psychology emerged as a scientific discipline much later in the eighteenth and nineteenth century’s. They began mainly, as much of psychology does, in theory’s that were developed through philosophy. There were attempt to define the association of the mind and body trough theory’s such as Dualism. Dualism is a family of views about the relationship between the mind and physical matter. Rene Descartes expressed his ideas about Dualism in his 1641 publication of Meditations on First Philosophy. Descartes can be attributed with being the first to clearly identify the mind with consciousness and self awareness and to distinguish...
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