1. As we learn about different theories of personality development. There are

1. As we learn about different theories of personality development. There are many theorists who believe that personality development is solidified in early childhood, whereas others view the potential for significant personality change throughout one’s childhood and adult life.
In this discussion, explain your position on personality development. How do you see personality? Of the theorists we discussed this week, which seems to fit with your view of personality formation? Which concepts or stages do you find most similar to your view?
2. As we examine the advances in psychology including neuropsychology, the cognitive revolution, and the ethics that guide them.
Watch the Reading Your Mind video.
What ethical issues arise from this investigative practice? In your discussion, include a discussion of the woman in India found guilty of a crime with little evidence except a brain scan. Could this method be used in the United States in the near future? Why or why not?
Discuss the ways in which the understanding of biology/genetics has affected and continues to affect the development of ethical laws and moral standards within the field of contemporary psychology. What are some of the controversies surrounding this understanding? Provide specific examples.
3. Most of us at one time or another have experienced a change in schedule that has contributed to both sleep deprivation and an upsetting of our circadian rhythms. In this discussion we will explore the effects of such changes. After watching the video Rhythm and Snooze – Circadian Genes, respond to the listed questions.
4. Substance abuse and addiction are difficult conditions to successfully treat. For example, the 12-month relapse rate among alcoholics is more than 60%, and it is nearly 75% for smokers and heroin users. One possible reason for treatment failure is the powerful way in which addictive substances affect the brain. Most addictive drugs appear to tap into the brain’s reward circuit, so that any behavior (taking a drug) preceding the psychological experience of reward is strongly reinforced. If addiction is a product of brain activity, it is logical that the treatment also must involve some change in brain activity. In fact, there are several forms of biologically-based drug treatments, including the use of agonist drugs that mimic some of the addictive drugs’ effects (e.g. methadone for heroin addiction), as well as other substances that alter activity in the reward system (such as Baclofen).
Watch this TEDMED Talk by Neuroscientist Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the NIH, on why our brains get addicted.
Then answer the questions below.
Provide an analysis of the extent to which addiction to psychoactive drugs is a biological versus a psychological phenomenon.
Support or refute the practice of using drug therapies for treating addiction. Be sure you are including current supportive research for your reply.
Include in your argument above, discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of relying on drug therapy to treat addiction

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