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Personality and Psychological Functioning

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. Answer the following questions in your study 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?
*Provide one example of this in your own family of origin, how might this manifest itself? 250 words*

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An analysis of underlying neuroanatomy does not answer the most pressing questions about personality. There is no one specific way that personality develops. Many varied theories have been proposed but not one of those theories is complete. They largely make generalizations and focus on specific behaviors an other characteristics. Theorists have largely partially based their theoretical assumptions on their own experiences , observations and other factors. Neuroanatomy deals with the structure and the functions of the nervous system which detects changes in the external and environment and brings about appropriate responses in muscles and glands. The nervous system itself plays a small role in shaping personality.

An individual's personality is a conglomeration of decisions we have made throughout our ...

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This solution discusses reasons why an analysis of neuroanatomy does not answer the most pressing questions about personality. It also explains why there may be a neuroscience of personality. This solution is 483 words.

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