The Impact Of Neurobiology On A Person 's Behaviors And Thought Processes

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Understanding Neurobiology As a social worker, it is important to be aware of neurobiology of the brain. A persons thoughts and actions can best be explained by neurobiology. Social workers work daily with people who seek therapy to address thoughts and actions that occur in their everyday life. In order to provide best practice, it is important to have understanding of how neurobiology plays a role in the development of a person’s behaviors and thought processes. Four aspects of brain development that are particularly important for a social worker to be aware of are affect regulation, implicit memory, attachment style, and co-construction of the social brain. A vignette about a 22 year old mother named Isabel and her 4 year old son named Javier will be utilized to discuss these aspects of the brain as Javier is struggling with affect regulation, implicit memory, and an insecure attachment style.
Affect Regulation
In order to explain affect regulation, it is important to understand what is an affect. An affect is the experience of feeling or emotion. It can be experienced through a subjective conscious or unconscious feeling, through thoughts, ideas, fantasies, and dreams about or related to emotions, or through physiological manifestations such as blushing, elevated pulse, or sweating (Applegate & Shapiro, 2005). There are positive affects, such as excitement and joy, and there are negative affects, such as anguish, fear, shame, contempt, and anger.
Affect regulation is…
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