A new study published in Neuron suggests that stimulating brain nerves may speed up learning. If you find this type of research interesting, the rapidly growing field of biopsychology may appeal to you.
How does the brain affect behavior? This question is the at the root of the branch of psychology known as biopsychology. Sometimes referred to as physiological psychology, behavioral neuroscience and psychobiology, biopsychology is one specialty area within the broader field of neuroscience.
Students of biopsychology study a range of topics such as how damage to certain areas of the brain affects behavior and how drugs affect the brain and body. Developments in this area have increased dramatically in the last 50 years thanks to the use of medical imaging techniques that allow researchers to take a much closer look at the brain.
This introduction to biopsychology offers more information on how biopsychologists study the brain and nervous system to help explain behaviors, moods, emotions and thoughts.