Brain areas involved in schizophrenia – Intro to Psychology

The two main brain regions involved in schizophrenia are the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus. If you remember, the prefrontal cortex is involved in working memory, paying attention and staying focused and organizing our thoughts. People suffering from schizophrenia have disfunction in this region of the brain. Secondly, people with schizophrenia often have smaller hippocampi, which affects learning and memory…

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Schizophrenia impairment – Intro to Psychology

Now that we described each of the criteria that are used to diagnose individuals with schizophrenia, what do you think it means for someone living with this disorder? Can you think of an examples of how it can impair a person’s life? It turns out there are many ways this disorder can effect a person’s life. So let’s discuss this…

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Different symptoms of schizophrenia – Intro to Psychology

However, it is important to note that the symptoms of schizophrenia differ person by person. And that includes the combination of symptoms they experience, as well as the severity of the symptoms and their duration. That said, sometimes schizophrenia is a chronic condition and the person is constantly experiencing hallucinations and delusions. However, other times people experience periods where they…

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Schizophrenia causes – Intro to Psychology

Because of the severity of the symptoms associated with schizophrenia, there’s been a great deal of research to look at the causes for this disorder. And we can see clearly from the research that schizophrenia is both a fascinating yet tragic disorder that is a result of the dynamic interplay between both nature and nurture. Let’s take a look at…

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Stress Ended His Life (A case of Schizophrenia) – Psychology

Hello. It’s good to have you here. Today we are going to talk about a case I had long ago. It shows how stress attacks our weakest personality traits and shows the worst part of ourselves. Let’s talk about Franklin, a 28 year-old guy. He is short, thin and he looks kind of strange. He lives with his father, and…

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Dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia – Intro to Psychology

Another hypothesis regarding the biological factors that play a role in schizophrenia is the dopamine hypothesis. This hypothesis suggests that schizophrenia involves excess dopamine activity. One reason this hypothesis came about was from the observation of individuals who overdose on major stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. These individuals, if you recall from our lesson on drugs, have similar behaviors and…

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