New PDF release: Biological Psychology , Ninth Edition

By James W. Kalat

ISBN-10: 0495090794

ISBN-13: 9780495090793

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Goose bumps are useless to humans because our shoulder and arm hairs are so short. 3). Thus, an evolutionary explanation of human goose bumps is that the behavior evolved in our remote ancestors and we inherited the mechanism. A functional explanation describes why a structure or behavior evolved as it did. Within a small, isolated population, a gene can spread by accident through a process called genetic drift. ) However, the larger the population, the less powerful is genetic drift. 3 A frightened cat with erect hairs When a frightened mammal erects its hairs, it looks larger and more intimidating.

As infants are), if you can describe something you saw or heard, then you must have been conscious of it. Based on that operational definition of consciousness,2 it is possible to do research on the brain activities related to consciousness. Let’s consider two examples. One clever study used this approach: Suppose we could present a visual stimulus that people consciously perceived on some occasions but not others. We could then determine which brain activities differed between the occasions with and without consciousness.

5) 2. The three major versions of monism are materialism (everything can be explained in physical terms), mentalism (only minds exist), and identity (the mind and the brain are the same thing). (p. 7) 3. The “hard problem” is why minds exist at all in a physical world, why there is such a thing as consciousness, and how it relates to brain activity. (p. 7) 4. The conscious and unconscious stimuli were physically the same (a word flashed on the screen for 29 ms). The difference was that a stimulus did not become conscious if it was preceded and followed by an interfering pattern.

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