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Why do psychologists study physiology in such great detail Mens Sana in Corpore Sano et Vice VersaThe study of physiology as an important aspect of psychology goes back a long way We might say that the ancient Greek Hippocrates circa 460 BC - circa 377 BC could be considered not only the father of medicine but also as the father of the physiological psychology He observed that the brain was the ultimate source of our pleasures joys laughter and jests as well as our sorrows pains griefs and tears Wade and Tavris 9 Jumping ahead in history almost two thousand years we find the French philosopher Rene Descartes 1596 - 1650 advancing our modern view that psychological activities are related to the body and its functions He rejected the common belief that human behavior is governed by unknowable forces and searched for a physical explanation of behavior Descartes advanced an understanding of the physical sources of our behavior He believed that the body and mind interact in a profound and mysterious way so as to define the essence of our humanityFollowing the French Revolution psychology with some notable exceptions such as that man who abused children and rats seemed to enter the dark ages of psychoanalysis as popularized by the films of an angstful Woody Allen and the famous Sigmund Freud who unfortunately for him never made it to Hollywood Apres moi le delugeWhich brings us to today when psychologists study physiology because they want to understand how bodily events affect our emotions perceptions memories and behaviors Wade and Tavris 14 Psychologists physicians and other men and women of science are now working together to uncover new understandings of the relationships that exist between our behaviors and our body structures and functionsIn chapter 6 of our text Body Rhythms and Mental States Wade and Tavris discuss the connection between high levels of testosterone and antisocial behaviors A study cited by the authors of over 4000
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