Provide a 8 pages analysis while answering the following question: The Biological versus Behavioral Theory. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. This paper shall use various criteria or psychological affectations in order to thoroughly assess the subject matter at hand and to comprehensively evaluate the workings of the human mind and of human behavior.
According to some experts, biological and behavioral theories can be closely linked with each other. In analyzing human behavior, some authors and researchers look to the biological make-up of a person – in other words, his internal environment which would involve his brain processes, as well as the interaction of his hormones. His genetic predisposition is also considered in this theory as part of the factors influencing his behavior (Cichetti & Cohen, 2006). In further explaining human behavior, authors go one step further and consider the external environment of a person where the behavioral and sociological theories are often used to understand specific patterns of human interaction (Cichetti & Cohen, 2006). These authors then consider the relationship between these theories – the internal and the external environment in order to explain and understand human behavior. In other words, these two theories, as explained by some authors can, at some point during human development, interact and overlap with each other. However, inasmuch as they seem to be essentially related to each other in terms of continuity, they still are still basically different theories.
One of the major differences between these two theories is the fact that the biological theory of psychology emphasizes that human behavior is shaped by biological and physiological processes (Bernstein, Penner, Clark-Stewart, & Roy, 2008). As was previously mentioned, psychologists explain that this theory evaluates the “psychological effects of hormones, genes, and the activity of the nervous system, especially the brain” (Bernstein, Penner, Clark-Stewart, & Roy, 2008, p. 18). So for instance, .when an assessment of a person’s thinking is being undertaken, scientists would evaluate the person’s brain activity, hormones, and even his genes in order to explain his type of thinking. . .