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Biological Psychology Core Review Questions

Fall 2013

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QUIZ 1: Chap 1, 2, 3, 4

Chap 1: An Introduction to Brain and Behavior
1. Describe Descartes’ concept of “dualism”? In contrast, describe Darwin’s concept of “materialism” (i.e. the workings of the mind are purely physical)?
2. At each level (Box 1.1 p. 11), what are the characteristics humans have in common with all animals, all vertebrates, all mammals, all primates?
3. What is a correlational study? What is a positive correlation? What is a negative correlation?
4. How does a correlational study differ from an experimental study?
5. Identify the following terms: control group, independent variable, dependent variable.
6. Be able to identify somatic interventions/effects versus behavioral interventions/effects.
7. What are some of the pros and cons of animal research?

Chap 2: Cells and Structures: The Anatomy of the Nervous System

1. Describe the roles of the different parts of a neuron: dendrite, cell body/soma, axon, myelin sheath, nodes of Ranvier, axon terminal. Know which structures are responsible for input, integration, conduction, and output.
2. Explain the roles of sensory neurons, motor neurons, and interneurons.
3. Identify the different parts of a synapse : presynaptic membrane, vesicles (sacs), neurotransmitter, synaptic cleft, postsynaptic membrane, receptors.
4. Describe the roles of different glia in the nervous system: astrocytes (astroglia), microglia, oligodendrocytes (oligodendroglia), Schwann cells.
5. Briefly describe the 3 components of the peripheral nervous system.
6. In the cranial nerves: identify the functions of the trigeminal nerve and the vagus nerve.
7. Contrast the somatic and autonomic nervous systems.
8. In the autonomic nervous system, contrast the functions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
9. Describe describe the directions of dorsal vs ventral, anterior vs posterior, lateral vs medial, contralateral vs ipsilateral, and superior versus inferior. Also, what part of the human brain is the dorsal surface?
10. In the spinal cord, identify: white matter, grey matter, ventral roots and dorsal roots.
11. Identify the following structures of the brain: three types of meninges, convolutions (gyrus, sulcus, fissue), ventricles, cerebrospinal fluid, and blood-brain barrier.
12. Briefly describe the sequence of development (hindbrain, midbrain, forebrain) and how this relates to complexity of function
13. Describe the location (lobe) and major functions of the following cortical areas: visual cortex, auditory cortex, motor cortex, somatosensory cortex, prefrontal cortex, Broca’s Area, Wernicke’s Area.
14. Describe the function of the following structures: basal ganglia, limbic system, amygdala, hippocampus, cingulate gyrus,…