Mapping Psychology by Dorothy Miell

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While this has become generally unacceptable, and many psychology departments no longer have animal laboratories, animals are still used for some research on learning and on brain functioning – although advances in neural imaging and computer modelling of brain functioning have made the use of animals in psychological experiments much less necessary. When animals are used now, ethical guidelines require that psychologists demonstrate that they could not do the same research without using animals and that the animals used are not subjected to any more pain or discomfort than is absolutely necessary.

An example with which many people are familiar concerns access to buildings for those using wheels rather than legs. If there are adequate ramps or flat entry points, sufficient space in which to turn wheelchairs, lifts and suitable lavatory facilities, people with Social model of disability A model that considers that people with physical impairments are as disabled by the limitations imposed by society as by their impairments. 52 MAPPING PSYCHOLOGY disabilities are enabled, rather than disabled, in the negotiation of space.

An aspect of brain functioning that is essential to our identities is our memories. Take the following example from a 31-year-old man, Philip Fletcher, who sustained a head injury which resulted in his forgetting everything that had happened to him since he was 17 years old: 51 Neuropsychological approaches These study brain function by examining damaged brains, the structure of the brain and neural activity. I didn’t know my name or my job. I didn’t recognize me, my wife, or my children. I had no recollection of ever being married for 12 years or of having a family.

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