An Outline of Psychology As Applied to Medicine by John Weinman

By John Weinman

* completely revised to mirror the key advancements within the box of psychology as utilized to drugs and the emergence of 'health psychology' as a considerable speciality * New subject matters were extra together with sections on counselling, cognitive techniques to remedy * The references within the textual content and for extra studying were up-to-date and revised * a large yet short evaluation of psychology as utilized to drugs * offers a place to begin & framework for scientific scholars

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For example, wild animals can become quite tame and docile whereas other studies have described an increased aggressiveness. Moreover fear and rage can be produced by stimulation as well as by lesions of the amygdala. In general terms the amygdala appears to control emotional and motivational aspects of behaviour. A more specific conclusion is that the amygdala is primarily involved in actively suppressing motivated approach behaviour. T h e other parts of the limbic system have also been implicated in emotional behaviour, particularly the cingulate gyrus which, it has been suggested, might underlie the experience of emotion.

Age-related impairments are described m o r e fully in Chapter 9 but it must be r e m e m b e r e d that these are not absolute since there is a great range in memory capacity among the aged. v. Treatment effects Medication affecting the central nervous system can also have a direct or indirect affect on memory functions. For example, it has been claimed that L-dopa has a specific beneficial effect on m e m o r y but this is much more likely to be an indirect effect related to the arousing properties of the drug.

5). This area is known to be involved in linguistic functions and as these studies found it to be significantly enlarged on the left side in the majority of adults and babies, this has strongly suggested the presence of a preprogrammed language area (Geschwind, 1979). Neurologists have known for a long time that unilateral damage to equivalent areas in the two cerebral hemispheres does not always result in similar 30 31 Brain m e c h a n i s m s a n d behaviour Frontal lobe Motor cortex Somatic sensory cortex Angular gyrus Wernicke's area Fig.

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