The role of animal research in understanding human behavior
For all three topics in the biological approach, and with reference to research studies, HL students should study the following.
- The value of animal models in psychology research
- Whether animal research can provide insight into human behaviour
- Ethical considerations in animal research
Each week HLs will learn about animal research as outlined above in relation to the topic they are learning alongside the SLs, e.g.
- Brain Localization and animal research
- Neuroplasticity and animal research: Marian Diamond research with rats – http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0001-37652001000200006
https://arxiv.org/ftp/q-bio/papers/0602/0602017.pdf interesting study looking at how winning fights leads mice to become literally addicted to aggression
Chapter on aggression and neuroplasticity and also neurotransmitters: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=0n-fy3rxqkcC&oi=fnd&pg=PA163&dq=aggression+neuroplasticity+animals&ots=pCFNtmGFVO&sig=Deld_0FglQRJwXiODdhqwgvyd0s#v=onepage&q=aggression%20neuroplasticity%20animals&f=false
- Techniques used to study the brain in relation to behaviour: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/avian-einsteins/201209/brain-scanning-enables-objective-look-animal-emotions-0 this is a fascinating study about PET scanning with crows when shown the face of a threatening adult (the one who caught them) and caring adult (the one who fed them and looked after them in captivity)
- Neurotransmitters and their effect on behaviour and animal research: Rogers and Kesner – the role of acetylcholine in memory:
- Create a short video or series of still images for a storyboard to show the stages of this study 🙂
- maze doc example of a maze 🙂