What makes up our Central Nervous System
1)The Brain and Behavior (250 words include references )
What makes up our Central Nervous System? How is the brain structured and how do neurotransmitters affect it?Describe the concept of neuroplasticity, and provide an example of how your own life experience may have influenced a specific part of your brain to be more developed than most people. How does your life experience change the way in which this part of your brain works? What impact has this had on the rest of your brain? Your actual behavior? Conclude with a brief discussion of neurogenesis, and why this is such an important phenomenon for scientists to study further.
2) Sensation and Perception (250 words include references)
How do sensations and perceptions affect us physically and mentally?
What does the study of psychophysics and Gestalt psychology have to do with this unit?
What are some examples of how your emotions, motivations, desires, and even your culture can influence your perceptions?
3) Describe a specific behavior that you engage in fairly regularly, and discuss how this behavior is controlled by the different lobes of your cerebral cortex, as well as the more primitive parts of your brain. Which hemisphere or half of the brain do you believe was most heavily involved in the processing of this behavior within your brain, and why? Finally, which neurotransmitters do you believe were most active in your brain during the completion of this behavior, and why?(200 words include references)
4) Choose one of your five senses (touch, taste, smell, vision, hearing), describe how your biology, mood, prior learning, recent/past experiences, or upbringing might influence your perceptions of the world around you. What are some potential applications of these findings to your chosen field of study? To how you interact and communicate with others around you? (200 words include references)