Strengths of the Biological Approach Quiz

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What is a strength of the biological approach?

It is based on measurable, testable, objective, and controlled observations

Which type of therapy has evidence of improving disorders according to the biological approach?

Drug therapies

What is a weakness of the biological approach?

It reduces behavior to simple biological explanations and ignores nurture

What did VIGUERA et al find about patients with bipolar disorder?

More than 60% of patients improved when taking lithium

Which type of methodology did RAINE use to examine the brains of criminals?

PET scans and a matched control group

What did Raine identify as the cause of brain abnormalities in criminals?

Loss of brain asymmetry

What is a criticism of the biologically deterministic approach?

It reduces complex behavior to biology alone

What is one strength of the biologically deterministic approach?

It allows for causal understandings and improves lives

What weakness is associated with the nomothetic nature of the approach?

It makes generalizations that people are the same

What ethical advantage does the biologically deterministic approach have?

It removes patient blame and benefits individuals in seeking help

What is a weakness associated with the biologically reductionist approach?

It reduces complex behavior to biology alone

What does the biologically deterministic approach suggest behavior is determined by?

Biological factors such as biochemistry, genetics, and brain differences

What does the biologically reductionist approach ignore?

Other factors contributing to behavior

What is the weakness in the approach's gender bias?

Suggesting that men react more to stress than women.

What does the biologically deterministic approach ignore?

Other factors contributing to behavior.

Test your knowledge on the strengths of the biological approach in psychology, which focuses on scientific methodology, measurable observations, and objective treatment methods such as drug therapies. Explore the use of PET scans, control groups, and replication in biological research.

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