Evolutionary Approach To Psychology

When I thought about connecting biology with another class I am taking, my first thought was to connect it with math. Math is used quite frequently in Biology. However, I chose to take a different approach. The other day in psychology class, I realized I could connect my class to biology in many ways. Biology is the study of life while psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. There are many similarities between the two classes such as genetics, evolution, and cell structure. Taking one class helps me to understand the other class much better. This semester, I am currently taking a psychology class. the main goal of the class is to focus on the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. I was taught about the different types …show more content…
In biology class, we are learning about evolution which is connected to the evolutionary approach in psychology. Evolutionary approach is used to determine why humans behave the way they do. It looks back to our ancestors to determine how they would solve problems and adapt to certain situations in their environment. The goal is to determine the roots of our ancestral behavior and use them to pass their gene’s to the next generation. Through evolutionary psychology, humans have specific knowledge in their brains which help them to adapt to their …show more content…
I learned the brain has approximately 100 billion neurons. Another thing I learned was the structure of neurons. In biology class, we learned about the structure and function of cells. When learning about neurons in psychology class, we talked about cell body which contains the nucleus of the neuron. The cell body manufactures substances the neurons need for maintenance and growth. Next, I learned about dendrites which receive information and sends it through the cell body. Dendrites are found in most nerve cells which allows the input from neurons. The next part of the cell structure that I learned about in psychology was axons. Axons carry information away from the cell body. The last structure is the myelin sheath. This is the layer of fat cells which insulate the axons. The purpose is to speed up the transmissions of nerve impulses. All of these parts work together in order to transmit information. The route a message takes to do this is through the dendrite, through the cell body, and to the axon. What I discovered while taking these two classes is that biology is needed in psychology, and psychology is needed in biology. This is due to the many similarities between them both. I was surprised at how similar these classes were, which makes me wonder about connecting my other classes with biology. I did not realize until recently, but taking biology helps me to understand my psychology class a lot

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