The Biological Approach to Abnormality

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  • THE BIOLOGICAL APPROACH
    • INFECTION
      • Bacteria and viruses can infect the brain causing mental illnesses
        • Support
          • Brown(2004): women who suffer from influenza during pregnancy may have children who develop schizophrenia later in life
    • BIOCHEMISTRY
      • Imbalances in neurotransmitters in the brain can cause mental illness
        • Schizophrenia  is linked to an imbalance in the neurotransmitter called dopamine
    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      • Brain Damage can cause behavioural problems
        • Support
          • Clive Wearing - man with no short-term memory. Has the worst case of amnesia and only recognises his wife.
    • GENETICS
      • We inherit mental illness in the same way we inherit physical characteristics
        • Support
          • Holland et al(1988) show that identical twins are both more likely to suffer with an eating disorder than non-identical twins

Comments

Stephen Dommett

Good, clear notes on the different biological explanations of abnormality.

Could use more detail on the support, but overall good summery of the topic.

Good work.

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