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Discuss how the viewpoint of neuropsychology differs from general psychology.

How does one school of thought influence another?

Why is it important to understand multiple perspectives?

How do you expect advancements in neuroscience to effect the development of professional psychology as a discipline?

Use scholarly sources to support your answers. Cite all sources using APA format

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(1) Discuss how the viewpoint of neuropsychology differs from general psychology

General psychology is the scientific study of behaviors and mental processes with the overall goal focused on understanding how and why humans behave as they do. Neuropsychology, a division within general psychology, and is the study of the relationship between the brain and human cognitive, emotional and behavioral practices (www.sciencedirect.com ). It is focused on understanding how the brain relates to specific processes. For example, research in Cognitive psychology is concerned with how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information (Sternberg, 2006). Sternberg asserts that cognitive psychologists use various methods to study the brain in efforts to understand how people think and learn.

To clarify, the brain is the organ in our bodies that most directly controls o thoughts, emotions and motivations, and determines how individuals interact with one another and in the world (Sternberg, 2006). Techniques in neuroscience are used to help explain the functions and divisions of the brain, and the major role the brain plays in regulating cognitive processes. Hence, Cognitive neuroscience is the field of study linking the brain and other aspects of the nervous system, and linking the brain to cognitive processing and ultimately to behavior. As it is relates to cognition, thought processes are mediated by neural activity in particular divisions of the brain. Neuroscience ...

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This solution discusses the differences between General Psychology and Neuropsychology; and describes how one influences the other.

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Could you please do an "objective" conversational response on how this person has done on their discussion on their discussion on neuropsychology and general psychology? Your expert objective response should contribute thoughtful, unique and interesting information to add to their discussion.

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After an accident as a young child, Henry Molaison developed seizures which caused difficulties during his school years. His seizures were initially treated with medicines, but medicines did not eliminate the seizures. When Henry was 27, he underwent a partial brain lobotomy with surgeons having removed part of his temporal pole; his amygdaloid complex; his hippocampal complex, "except for about two centimeters at the back"; and the parahippocampal gyrus, "except for the back two centimeters. The surgery was a success as far as controlling seizure, but another problem developed. Henry suffered from short and long term memory loss with most memories being gone after about 30 seconds. According to research, Henry could remember events and happenings pre-surgery. Henry's memory issues allowed scientists to discover new information about how the memory works and which brain regions are essential for memory functions along with revealing how through distinct processes making use of different brain circuits creates short and long-term memory.

The most important thing I learned about memory is how vital memory can be in our day to day functioning. Removing parts of the brain comes with major side effects on memory and even today the brain is still not fully understood as scientists are researching Henry's brain.

To me the most interesting item about Henry was stories about him and his dad. Michael (2013) mentioned how when Henry was asked about his dad after his dad had been deceased for four years, Henry finally said that he knew his dad had died. I wonder if it was that with enough time, it was something Henry felt in his heart. For example, my husband also has seizures and can suffer from amnesia for several days. He may not always remember my name, but he says he knows in his heart I am important to him. Another way to look at it, is caregivers might play a part in personality and therefore have a section of the brain that "remembers" them.

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