BIOLOGICAL APPROACH

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  • BIOLOGICAL APPROACH
    • ASSUMPTIONS
      • Behaviour and thought processes are controlled by biology and not social factors
      • Characteristics like intelligence are due to genes
      • The mind and the brain are the same
      • Genes have evolved to adapt behaviour to the environment
      • Unwanted behaviour can be modified or removed using biological treatments (medication)
      • If behaviour is controlled by genes, we can manipulate genes to change behaviour
    • EVALUATION
      • Scientific methods mean the results are reliable and generalisable
      • Many useful applications in brain surgery and medication
      • Deterministic, doesn't consider that humans have a choice in their development
      • Reductionist, explains everything in terms of nerves and chemicals
      • Ethical issues, is it right to manipulate genes

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