Physiological Approach Flashcards

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Assumption of the Physiological Approach
All that is psychological is first physiological, behaviour and experience can be explained in terms of brain structure,nervous system and chemicals
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Implication of the Physiological Approach
It can be expensive because specialist equipment is needed
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Strength 1 of the Physiological Approach
Very scientific,grounded in the hard science of biology which uses objective,experimental methodology (Maguire)
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Strength 2 of the Physiological Approach
Has practical applications e.g. understanding what happens when we sleep can help treat people with sleep disturbances (Dement and Kleitman)
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Strength 3 of the Physiological Approach
It provides strong counter arguments for the nurture side of the nature-nurture debate (Maguire)
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Weakness 1 of the Physiological Approach
Often relies on laboratory experiments which lack ecological validity. (Thigpen and Cleckley)
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Weakness 2 of the Physiological Approach
Can be considered reductionist - we cannot explain complex behaviour and experience just in terms of brain structure and chemicals (Sperry)
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Weakness 3 of the Physiological Approach
Ethical issues (Dement and Kleitman)
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Similarities of the Physiological Approach
Studies: Maguire and Sperry; Similarity: complex equipment e.g sperry-tachitoscope, maguire-MRI scanners
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Differences of the Physiological Approach
Studies:Maguire and Dement and Kleitman; Difference:Sample; e.g. Maguire-32 males and 50 control, Dement and Kleitman-9 participants both male and female
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Studies that take this Approach
Dement and Kleitman, Sperry, Maguire
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