Social Biochemistry: A Course Curriculum

By Snell, Joel C.; Marsh, Mitchell | Journal of Instructional Psychology, June 2008 | Go to article overview

Social Biochemistry: A Course Curriculum


Snell, Joel C., Marsh, Mitchell, Journal of Instructional Psychology


The article describes an elementary course in social biochemistry for social science majors. This offering assumes that nature and nurture are intertwined and explain human behavior. It is an upper division undergraduate course or graduate course.

1. The Course: The History of Nature and Nurture Debate

Why have there been large divisions and political conflicts over the discussion of nature and nurture of humans? It has a great deal to do with the impact on the political system and social order. Today, there is now an acceptance by most in the social sciences that the 2 divisions are really part of a single paradigm and that the two intertwine. This does not mean that each and every individual behavior is equal from both areas. Although both contribute, one may be more pronounced than the other.

2. The brain and nervous system are described here in terms of elementary functions that apply to social behavior. Latest MRI and brain scans are also discussed.

3. The Environment for "Normal & Non-Normal" Behavoir

What is normal for one culture or subculture may vary from another. This area borrows heavily from sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

4. External chemicals and behavior means that individuals and groups can have their behavior and cognitions changed by drugs, pollution, and related. Additionally, some balanced amounts of medication and good nutrition also positive impact behavior. …

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