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    Brain research and the neuroscience of personality

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    The Pervin, Cervone, and John text discusses research on the brain systems involved in higher-level psychological functions, such as self-concept and moral judgment. Consider how much we can learn about such psychological functions by studying the brain. Be able to answer the following questions in your discussion group:
    Because we know that some systems in the brain must be involved in any psychological function, does an analysis of underlying neuroanatomy answer the most pressing questions about personality?
    Or, does this leave critical, unanswered questions about the ways in which these psychological capacities develop and function in the social world?
    In essence, can there be a neuroscience of personality?
    In your own family of origin, how might this manifest itself? Provide one example.

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    If we were to analyze underlying anatomy it would not answer the most pressing questions about personality. Nobody knows for certain how personality develops. Many theories have been proposed but these theories are all incomplete. Most of the theories that have been proposed make generalizations, focus on only certian behaviors and are not usually based on scientific evidence. Theorists have partially drawn on their own experiences, observations and other factors. Neuroanatomy is defined as "the anatomy of nervous tissue and the nervous system." The nervous system plays a small role in the formation of personality.

    Personality is defined as "the organized physical and psychological components inside a person that create and determine the individual's ...

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    In this solution brain research is presented in terms of neuroscience of personality.