Biological Level of Analysis

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Outline principles that define the biological level of analysis (for example, patterns of behavior can be inherited; animal research may inform our understanding of human behavior; cognitions, emotions and behaviors are products of the anatomy and physiology of our nervous and endocrine systems). Introduction: Two principles that define the biological level of analysis are that patterns of behavior can be inherited and that animal research may inform our understanding of human behavior. Patterns of behavior can be inherited • MzTwins: when tested on temperament and IQ, their results were very similar – more similar than DizTwins • Adopted children: their temperament was more like that of their biological parents than their…show more content…
no touch) Ethical considerations in human research studies • Turner et al’s study of oxytocin’s role in maintenance of relationships ­ Induces stress and anxiety when women are asked to recall past relationship event that rendered a negative emotion • Ditzen et al’s study of oxytocin reducing stress hormones in arguing couples ­ Induces stress in couples since the tests require them to argue • Newcomer et al’s study on cortisol: high stress levels impair memory ­ High daily dose elevates levels of cortisol, causing temporary memory loss ­ Since they didn’t know exactly what the effects of the cortisol might be, they might have caused harm to the participants. Explain one
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