8 terms

Psychology Set 9

the study of the inheritance of physical and psychological traits from ancestors
the genetic information for an organism, stored in teh DNA of its chromosomes
Lawful patterns
patterns that can be discovered and revealed through research
injury to or destruction of brain tissue
Operational definition
standardizes meaning within an experiment, by defining a concept in terms of specific operations or procedures used to measure it or to determine its presence
Parasympathetic division
the subdivision of the autonomic nervous system that monitors the routine operation of the body's internal functions and conserves and restores body energy
Reticular formation
the region of the brain stem that alerts the cerebral cortex to incoming sensory signals and is responsible for maintaining consciousness and awakening from sleep
Roger Sperry and Michael Gazzaniga
devised situation that could allow visual information to be presented separately to each hemisphere