In  this assignment, you will take a retrospective look at your life  history

In  this assignment, you will take a retrospective look at your life  history.  First, choose an area of the brain and explain what it does,  as well as how it would impact an activity from your daily life. Then,  analyze the roles of nature and nurture in shaping the person you are  today.  Next, describe the influences of culture, environment, and  biology on your gender-role behavior. Subsequently, discuss possible  sources of inaccuracy and bias in any retrospective analysis. Finally,  discuss the reasons why systematic scientific studies are considered  more valuable than individual accounts

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

Section 1 (1-2 paragraphs): 

  • Choose one of the following areas of your brain and explain what it does:
    • Thalamus
    • Reticular formation
    • Brain stem (pons and medulla)
    • Cerebellum
    • Limbic system
    • One of the four lobes of the cerebral cortex
  • Explain  how the area you described contributes to a specific activity from your  everyday life.  (Example: During horseback riding, the cerebellum  integrates information from the motor systems and balance system.)

Section 2 (1-2 paragraphs):

All  of us have been shaped by both nature (biology) and nurture  (environment), making us the persons we are today.  In most cases, it is  difficult to completely disentangle the separate effects of nature vs.  nurture with much certainty.  However, we can make some educated guesses  based on our knowledge of familial tendencies that we may have  inherited, as well as knowledge of our environment and experiences.  In  this section, we ask for you to make some educated guesses about the  roles of nature and nurture in your life.

  • Describe  the role of nature (biology) in shaping what kind of person you are  today. Provide a specific example of the role of nature.
  • Describe  the role of nurture (environment) in shaping what kind of person you  are today.  Provide a specific example of the role of nurture.

Section 3 (1-2 paragraphs):

  • Describe the influences of culture, your environment, and biology on your gender role behavior.
  • Use specific examples from your own life to explain your answers.

Section 4 (1-2 paragraphs):

  • Discuss the fallibility of memory in terms of bias and inaccuracy when you reflect on your past.
  • Identify specific memory biases that could affect how you remember your past.  Include factors related to cognition.
  • Use specific examples from your own life.

Section 5 (1 paragraph):

  • Describe  why the science of psychology places more emphasis on results based on  scientific studies than it does on personal experiences and anecdotes.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or  school-specific format.  Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
  • To  keep this essay short and manageable, your only sources for your paper  should be your own experience and the Webtext. For this reason, APA  citations and references are not required for this assignment.
  • Include  a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s  name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.  The cover  page and the reference page are not included in the required page  length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Relate psychological concepts to real-world situations.
  • Describe the major theories of personality development, learning, memory, cognition, consciousness, development and social psychology.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in psychology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about psychology using proper writing mechanics.


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