November 19, 2010
As a study, psychology has many branches within itself. Each thought of psychology throughout history has brought about another school of psychology. Psychology or philosophy enthusiasts and scholars alike have taken interests in not only understanding the themes of psychology but have contributed to the creation of another branch. So, of course, somewhere along the line was the dawning of a new era of psychology: biological psychology. In the following composition the reader will learn the meaning of biological psychology and its significance, history of this branch, pioneers of the sect, relationships bio-psy has with other branches of psychology and neuroscience(s), and the assumptions generated through practicing biological psychology. Biological Psychology
Definition of Biological Psychology
Biological psychology, often referred to as biopsychology, is the branch of psychology which studies the relationship between the human brain and human behavior(s), (Wickens, A. P. 2005); it is the field of psychology which studies the physical basis of psychological phenomena. In the formal study of biological psychology, there was said to be a strict and codependent relationship between genetics and the outcome of a person’s personality, (Richardson, R. D. 2006). Pioneers such as Charles Darwin, William James, and William Sheldon have been credited with defining biopsychology as a formal study. History of Biological Psychology
Biological psychology, which is also known as behavioral neuroscience, got its start in the later part of the 19th century, (Kowalski, R. & Western, D. 2009). A psychology enthusiast by the name of William James became interested in biology after reading Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. James questioned Darwin’s theories and tested each presumption. The performance of doing so resulted in the formal school of biological...
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