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PSYC 301

Post 1

Discussion section: Brain trauma and psychological trauma can have devastating effects. Because trauma is not usually delivered by a surgeon but by a catastrophe, the effects can be hard to categorize. Because concussions and other brain traumas are common, however, they deserve an attempt to figure them out.

Step 1: Watch the following video:    11 min., Crash Course Trauma & Addiction

Step 2: Read at least the abstract of this article:

Step 3: Read all of this article:

Step 4: Address the following questions in one paragraph for each of the three question items:


1. How does acute stress differ from chronic stress?

2. It’s clear that people differ in their exposure to stressors. How do they differ in resilience as well?

Post 2

Discussion topic: As hard as it is to define the boundaries between what we call physical and what we call mental, assigning disorders to either domain is even harder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders avoids the problem by classifying disorders according to their symptoms and not their causes. This is analogous to grouping appendicitis, a stomach ulcer, and intestinal bloating together as Sore Tummy Syndrome.

In sickness behavior, an illness of the body becomes an illness of the mind. An inflammation of the brain becomes schizophrenia or depression. Mental and physical stress both contribute to mental and physical disorders. Can you decide what causes what?

Step 1: Address the following questions in discussion in one paragraph for each of the three question items:


1. Do you think it could be incorrect to describe the mind as exclusively with what the brain does? Is the “self” more than the brain?

2. How might psychological disorders have evolved? Why have they not become extinct?

Please answer number your answer and divide it by post and do not make one long answer. 

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