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Unit 3B:Biological Bases of Behavior:The Brain

Overview model of brain

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Unit Overview

  • The Tools of Discovery: Having Our Head Examined

  • Brain Structures

  • The Cerebral Cortex

  • Our Divided Brain

  • Right-Left Differences in the Intact Brain

  • The Brain and Consciousness

Click on the any of the above hyperlinks to go to that section in the presentation.

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The Tools of Discovery: Having Our Head Examined

prep DVD1, Neuroscience and Behavior, #2

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LO #1, p. 67

  • lesion

    two effects of damage to a rat’s hypothalamus?

What are three ways scientists can stimulate parts of the brain?




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Recording the Brain’s Electrical Activity

  • electroencephalogram (EEG)

How does an EEG work?

What might it reveal?

Rachel W. taste

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Neuroimaging Techniques

  • CT (Computed Tomography) scan

  • PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan

  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

  • fMRI (Functional MRI)

How is a CT scan different from PET scan?

MRI from fMRI?

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Video: Mapping the Brain Through Electrical Stimulation, 2:40 (DVD1, Neuroscience and Behavior, clip 05, p. 13)

prep Vol. 2, DVD1 (Neuroscience and Behavior), Clip 106

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The Brainstem

LO #2 – importance of lower-level brain structures

  • brainstem

    • medulla

    • pons (relays signals from forebrain to the cerebellum

    • reticular formation

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The Thalamus

  • thalamus

    • all the senses EXCEPT smell; (brain’s sensory switchboard or post office)

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The Cerebellum

  • cerebellum

    • “little brain”

Michael Jordan

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The Limbic System

  • limbic System

    • hippocampus

Video:Compulsive Gambling and the Brain’s Pleasure Center

Vol. 2, DVD1 (Neuroscience and Behavior), Clip 106,5:20 min.

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The Limbic SystemThe Amygdala

  • amygdala

    • aggression and fear

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The Limbic SystemThe Hypothalamus

  • hypothalamus, p. 72

    • influence on the pituitary gland

    • reward centers

    • reward deficiency syndrome (e.g., Kim Rainer)

Hypothalamus is responsible for “drives” including sexual behavior.

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Yes, the hypothalamus is responsible for “sexual behavior.”

What does THAT mean?

“. . . and the two shall become one flesh.”

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Review of web site behavior.”www.pureintimacy.org

Click on God’s design for sex

Then on What’s Good About Sex

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The Cerebral Cortex behavior.”

prep Phineas Gage video

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Introduction behavior.”

LO #3 – cerebral cortex regions

  • cerebrum – the two large hemispheres

    • cerebral cortexthin surface layer

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Structure of the Cortex behavior.”

  • glial cells (“glue cells”)

  • lobes

    • frontal lobe

    • parietal lobe

    • occipital lobe

    • temporal lobe

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Functions of the Cortex behavior.”Motor Functions

  • motor cortex

  • mapping the motor cortex(surgery humor)

  • neural prosthetics(paralyzed 25-yr. old man)

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Functions of the Cortex behavior.”Sensory Functions

  • sensory cortex

(brain model)

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Lobes of the Cerebral Cortex behavior.”



For each statement, identify the lobe that has the primary responsibility for that activity or experience.




Listening to music

Waving your arm

Feeling gloves on your hands

Viewing a sunset

Hearing your name being called

Making plans for dinner

Seeing your friend’s face

Experiencing an itch








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Functions of the Cortex behavior.”Association Areas

  • association areas

    • frontal lobe (motor strip)

    • Phineas Gage

      (demo of frontal association area at work)

    • parietal lobe (sensory strip)

    • temporal lobe(brain model)

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Video: behavior.”Phineas Gage

then prep DVD1, Neuroscience and Behavior, clip 06

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Video: behavior.”Planning, Life Goals, and the Frontal Lobe,(DVD1, Neuroscience and Behavior, clip 06, p. 14, 6:20)

(Vietnam veteran)

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Language behavior.”

LO #4 – areas of language processing

  • aphasia, p. 80

    • Broca’s area(damage disrupts speaking)

    • Wernicke’s area(damage disrupts understanding)

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Language, behavior.”p. 81

prep DVD1, Neuroscience and Behavior, clip 08

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Language behavior.”

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Language behavior.”

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Language behavior.”

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Language behavior.”

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Language behavior.”

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Video: behavior.”Language and Brain Plasticity, 4:00 (DVD1, Neuroscience and Behavior, clip 08, p. 18)

prep “Split Brain”

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The Brain’s Plasticity behavior.”

LO #5 – reorganization of damaged brain

  • brain damage

    • plasticity(ability to modify itself after . . .)

    • constraint-induced therapy (forced use of . . .)

    • neurogenesis(generate new brain cells)

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Our Divided Brain behavior.”

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Splitting the Brain behavior.”

LO #6 – what split brains reveal

  • Vogel and Bogen, p. 83

    • corpus-callosum

    • split brain(result?)

    • Myers and Gazzaniga (brains of cats and monkeys)

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Video: behavior.”Split Brain, 12:26

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How Smart Is Your Right Foot? behavior.”

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it.

Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. What happens?

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Right-Left Brain Differences behavior.”

LO #7 – handedness

  • hemispheric specialization, p. 87

    • perceptual tasks (right)

    • language (effect of sedative to left hemisphere)

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ACTIVITY behavior.”Handout 3B-4The Wagner Preference Inventory

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Hand Usage Questionnaire behavior.”

With which hand do you . . .

  • Draw? Left Right Either

  • Write? Left Right Either

  • Use a bottle opener? Left Right Either

  • Throw a snowball? Left Right Either

  • Use a hammer? Left Right Either

  • Use a toothbrush? Left Right Either

  • Use a screwdriver? Left Right Either

  • Use an eraser on paper? Left Right Either

  • Use a tennis racket? Left Right Either

  • Use a scissors? Left Right Either

  • Stir a can of paint? Left Right Either

  • On which do you rest Left Right Eithera bat before swinging?

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Introduction behavior.”

LO #8 – dual processing

  • consciousness, p.89(two proposed advantages)- helps us act in long-term interests- promotes survival

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Cognitive Neuroscience behavior.”

  • cognitive neuroscience(interdisciplinary study)

View CT scan images

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Dual Processing behavior.”

  • dual processing, p. 90

    • conscious left brainconscious deliberate “high road”

    • intuitive right brainunconscious, automatic “low road”

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Corpus behavior.”callosum





A. Amygdala

C. Reticular formation

D. Medulla

B. Hippocampus

Spinal cord

E. Cerebellum

Activation of this area would result in:

coordinated movement


waking up from a nap

a steady heartbeat

the ability to remember what you did two minutes ago

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Corpus behavior.”callosum





A. Amygdala

C. Reticular formation

D. Medulla

B. Hippocampus

Spinal cord

E. Cerebellum

Damage to this area would result in:

not breathing


an inability to store new memories

being unable to wake up

an inability to feel fear

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A. Corpus callosum behavior.”

E. Cerebral cortex

B. Thalamus

C. Hypothalamus






D. Spinal cord


Activation of this area would result in:

the maintenance of body temperature.

recalling old memories.

your brain being able to tell your legs to move.

the routing of visual signals to the occipital lobe.

communication between the two hemispheres

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A. Corpus callosum behavior.”

E. Cerebral cortex

B. Thalamus

C. Hypothalamus






D. Spinal cord


Damage to this area would result in:

a split brain.

inoperative reward centers.

your feet being unable to tell your brain you’re wearing socks.

an inability to send auditory signals to your temporal lobes.

an altered personality.

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Test Time! behavior.”

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Teacher Information behavior.”

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Teacher Information behavior.”

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Teacher Information behavior.”

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Division title (green print) behavior.”subdivision title (blue print)

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Division title (green print) behavior.”subdivision title (blue print)

Use this slide to add a table, chart, clip art, picture, diagram, or video clip. Delete this box when finished

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Definition Slide behavior.”

= add definition here

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Definition Slides behavior.”

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Lesion behavior.”

= tissue destruction; a brain lesion is a naturally or experimentally caused destruction of brain tissue.

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Electroencephalogram (EEG) behavior.”

= an amplified recording of the waves of electrical activity that sweep across the brain’s surface. These waves are measured by electrodes placed on the scalp.

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CT (computed tomography) Scan behavior.”

= a series of X-ray photographs taken from different angles and combined by computer into a composite representation of a slice through the body.

  • Also called CAT scan.

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PET (positron emission tomography) Scan behavior.”

= a visual display of brain activity that detects where a radioactive form of glucose goes while the brain performs a given task.

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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) behavior.”

= a technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce computer-generated images of soft tissue. MRI scans show brain anatomy.

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fMRI (functional MRI) behavior.”

= a technique for revealing bloodflow and, therefore, brain activity by comparing successive MRI scans. fMRI scans show brain function.

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Brainstem behavior.”

= the central core of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells as it enters the skull; the brainstem is responsible for automatic survival functions.

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Medulla behavior.”

= the base of the brainstem; controls heartbeat and breathing.

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Reticular Formation behavior.”

= a nerve network in the brainstem that plays an important role in controlling arousal.

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Thalamus behavior.”

= the brain’s sensory switchboard, located on top of the brainstem; it directs messages to the sensory receiving areas in the cortex and transmits replies to the cerebellum and medulla.

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Cerebellum behavior.”

= the “little brain” at the rear of the brainstem; functions include processing sensory input and coordinating movement output and balance.

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Limbic System behavior.”

= doughnut-shaped neural system (including the hippocampus, amygdala, and hypothalamus) located below the cerebral hemispheres; associated with emotions and drives.

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Amygdala behavior.”

= two lima bean-sized neural clusters in the limbic system; linked to emotion.

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Hypothalamus behavior.”

= a neural structure lying below (hypo) the thalamus; it directs several maintenance activities (eating, drinking, body temperature, sexual behavior), helps govern the endocrine system via the pituitary gland, and is linked to emotion and reward.

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Cerebral Cortex behavior.”

= the intricate fabric of interconnected neural cells covering the cerebral hemispheres; the body’s ultimate control and information-processing center.

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Glial Cells behavior.”

= cells in the nervous system that support, nourish, and protect neurons.

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Frontal Lobe behavior.”

= portion of the cerebral cortex lying just behind the forehead; involved in speaking and muscle movements and in making plans and judgments.

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Parietal Lobe behavior.”

= portion of the cerebral cortex lying at the top of the head and toward the rear; receives sensory input for touch and body position.

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Occipital Lobe behavior.”

= portion of the cerebral cortex lying at the back of the head; includes areas that receive information from the visual fields.

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Temporal Lobe behavior.”

= portion of the cerebral cortex lying roughly above the ears; includes the auditory areas, each receiving information primarily from the opposite ear.

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Motor Cortex behavior.”

= an area at the rear of the frontal lobes that controls voluntary movements.

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Sensory Cortex behavior.”

= area at the front of the parietal lobes that registers and processes body touch and movement sensations.

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Association Areas behavior.”

= areas of the cerebral cortex that are not involved in primary motor or sensory functions; rather, they are involved in higher mental functions such as learning, remembering, thinking, and speaking.

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Aphasia behavior.”

= impairment of language, usually caused by left hemisphere damage either to Broca’s area (impairing speaking) or to Wernicke’s area (impairing understanding).

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Broca’s Area behavior.”

= controls language expression that directs the muscle movements involved in speech.

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Wernicke’s Area behavior.”

= controls language reception – a brain area involved in language comprehension and expression; usually in the left temporal lobe.

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Plasticity behavior.”

= the brain’s ability to change, especially during childhood, by reorganizing after damage or by building new pathways based on experience.

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Neurogenesis behavior.”

= the formation of new neurons.

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Corpus Callosum behavior.”

= the large band of neural fibers connecting the two brain hemispheres and carrying messages between them.

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Split Brain behavior.”

= a condition resulting from surgery that isolates the brain’s two hemispheres by cutting the fibers (mainly those of the corpus callosum) connecting them.

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Consciousness behavior.”

= our awareness of ourselves and our environment.

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Cognitive Neuroscience behavior.”

= the interdisciplinary study of the brain activity linked with cognition (including perception, thinking, memory and language).

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Dual Processing behavior.”

=the principle that information is often simultaneously processed on separate conscious and unconscious tracks.