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Contemporary Technologies & Biological Psychology

What contemporary technologies have made significant contributions to biological psychology in the last half of the 20th century?

What are the central issues associated with biological psychology in the context of human development and psychological function? Which one of these do you feel is the most important? Why?

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1. What contemporary technologies have made significant contributions to biological psychology in the last half of the 20th century?

Biological psychology uses a model with methods and technologies similar to neuropsychology. Recording readings from brain scans using contemporary technology are employed in biological psychology to examine the biological aspects of behavior. These contemporary techniques include the electroencephalogram (EEG) (a measure of electrical potentials at points around the brain, usually outside the skull); magnetoencephalogram (MEG) (uses superconducting magnetic detectors to measure brain activity); computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan (measure using a number of conventional x-rays taken from different angles, then combined in a computer, which reveals structural abnormalities); positron emission tomography (PET) scan (measure that detects emission of positrons from radiolabeled glucose- that lights up areas that are actively taking up glucose, the brain's energy source; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (a measure that measures water density or other chemical characteristics to reveal structural abnormalities); functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) (measure that can show ...

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