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Write a 6-page portion of a request for proposal (RFP) in which you address the field of biopsychology and the brain.

Biopsychology, also known as behavioral neuroscience, has become a well-established multidisciplinary study that uses complicated techniques to reveal the relationship between brain functions and human behaviors.

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  • Johnson, K. A., & Becker, J. A. (n.d.). The whole brain atlas. Retrieved from http://www.med.harvard.edu/aanlib/home.htm
  • Kim, J. (1989). The myth of nonreductive materialismProceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association63(3), 31–47. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/3130081
Course Library Guide

A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the PSYC-FP4310 – Biological Psychology Library Guide to help direct your research.

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The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.

  • Garrett, B. (2015). Brain & behavior: An introduction to biological psychology (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 
    • In Chapter 1, “What is Biopsychology,” the author discusses the origins of biopsychology and genetic influence on behavior.
    • In Chapter 2, “Communication Within the Nervous System,” the author explains how neurons communicate with each other.
    • Chapter 3, “The Functions of the Nervous System,” covers the major structures of the nervous system and some of their functions.
    • Chapter 4, “The Methods and Ethics of Research,” explores why biopsychology creates ethical concerns.

Assessment Instructions

You are a consultant who is interested in a request for proposal (RFP) from a nearby school district that is seeking individuals or groups to design a training and professional development inservice day about the brain and mind from a biopsychological perspective for their educators. Part 1 of the RFP includes the following three sections for respondents to address. Use the Assessment 1 Proposal Template (linked in the Resources) to prepare Part 1 of the proposal, which covers the points below. You will complete additional parts of the RPF in subsequent assessments.

I. Introduction
  • What is the origin of biopsychology? Who were some of the first theorists that you will cover in your training?
  • The brain is complicated and sometimes difficult to understand. Describe the different regions of the brain and the associated functions.
II. Scientific Approach and Rationale for Training
  • In addition to brain functions, some believe there is an aspect known as the mind. What is the mind-brain problem? Where do you fall in this debate (monist or dualist)? Explain why you are a monist or dualist.
  • What are some methods that scientist use today to study the brain? What are the benefits of these methods?
III. Application of Understanding the Brain
  • What methods of research have been used to gain the knowledge we have today of the brain?
  • What are some of the ethical concerns in connection with research in biopsychology and the brain in particular?

Do not incorporate the questions into the content of your proposal. Use the Capella library to research the material and support your answers.

Additional Requirements
  • Written Communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA Formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
  • Font and Font Size: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced.
  • Length: Write a minimum of 6 pages of content, and include a references page.

The Brain Scoring Guide

CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED
Explain the origins of biopsychology and the first theorists of biopsychology. 
Does not identify the origins of biopsychology and the first theorists of biopsychology. Identifies the origins of biopsychology and the first theorists of biopsychology. Explains the origins of biopsychology and the first theorists of biopsychology.  Analyzes the origins of biopsychology and the first theorists of biopsychology; includes details, theories, et cetera in the analysis. 
Explain the mind-brain problem.
Does not identify the mind-brain problem. Identifies the mind-brain problem. Explains the mind-brain problem. Explains the mind-brain problem; assesses one’s own position in context of this.
Describe scientific methods used by scientists to study the brain.
Does not list scientific methods used by scientists to study the brain.  Lists scientific methods used by scientists to study the brain.  Describes scientific methods used by scientists to study the brain. Analyzes scientific methods used by scientists to study the brain.
Describe the ethical concerns connected to biopsychology research. 
Does not describe the ethical concerns connected to biopsychology research.  Lists the ethical concerns connected to biopsychology research.  Describes the ethical concerns connected to biopsychology research.  Evaluates the ethical concerns connected to biopsychology research and includes research specifically discussing the brain.
Write in a manner that is concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. 
Does not write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Writes to support an idea, but writing is inconsistent and contains major errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writes in a manner that is concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Writes coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.
Use APA format and style. 
Does not use APA format and style.  Uses APA format and style but inconsistently and with errors. Uses APA format and style. Uses correct APA format and style consistently and with few errors.

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