Biological Approach

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  • Biological Approach
    • this approach sees abnormality as the cause of brain functioning and structure
    • Genetics- we may inherit a gene pre disposed to an illness eg. schitzophrenia
    • Biochemistry- a chemical imbalance eg. low seretonin leads to depression
    • Neuroanatomy- a faulty brain structure eg. lesions in the LH and VMH may lead to eating disorders
    • Supporting Evidence:twin studies, effectiveness of anti-depressants, rat study
    • Negatives: it is reductionist, it is a negative prospect for the individual, evidence is correlational
    • Anti-depressants,anti psychotics and ECT


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