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In so doing, the nervous system forms our primary focus. The nervous system consists, in part, of the brain and the spinal cord. 1). As another biological consideration, hormones are Why should a psychologist be interested in biology? Brain Spinal cord 3 Of course, not all behaviour can be understood in terms of causes as simple as treading on a thorn, the action of hormones or a low body temperature. Much behaviour arises from more subtle and hidden determinants within the brain and we also need to ask about how such processes operate.

There is now a welcome breakdown in the divisional boundary between these two sciences. Psychologists are showing an increasing willingness to relate their findings to the species’ natural environment (Bolles, 1970; Garcia, 1989). Indeed, a number of psychologists have become very fired by ideas of evolution, discussed in the next chapter. We now pick up again the issue of brains and minds and it will be shown where evolutionary thinking is relevant. 6 How can some components that are very similar across species yield brains with very different properties?

What was the nature of the brain and behaviour of our evolutionary ancestors and how did these relate to the kind of demands posed by their environment? 4 ChAptEr 1 introduCtion Darwin’s theory of evolution, as expressed in his book The Origin of Species, was met with some disbelief and triggered some ridicule. What is so challenging about its assumptions? Source: © Bettmann/CORBIS. 4. The functional explanation Closely related to the evolutionary explanation is the fourth type of explanation: the functional explanation.

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