- Week 1 - Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Methods of Neuroscience Investigation
This discussion is an analysis of the methods used by neuroscience investigators to study the biological basis of psychological function. Prior to completing your initial post, complete this week’s readings in your course textbook and watch Multicellular Organisms and their Nervous Systems and Discovering the Human Brain: New pathways to Neuroscience, with Susan Bookheimer, PhD. These materials examine various investigational methods such as imaging technology, laboratory science techniques, and special studies that provide information about structure (nervous system anatomy and cellular structure) and function (nervous system and cellular function). Evaluate the methods described and select one method you think is the most powerful or useful for examining the relationship between biology and behavior. Would this method be best used for basic research, initial diagnosis of a clinical condition, ongoing patient management, or a combination of these analytic practices? What part of the nervous system (anatomical structure, function, cellular chemistry and function) would most likely be studied using this technique? Elaborate on the investigational method you chose and the target systems or conditions you have identified to be studied by this technique.
You must use a minimum of one peer-reviewed source that was published within the last five years, documented in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Your post should be a minimum of 250 words. You may cite and reference your textbook, required reading, and/or multimedia, but these will not fulfill the source requirement.
Guided Response: Respond substantively to a minimum of two of your classmate’s initial post that have identified methods different than you. Summarize your thoughts regarding whether or not the methods your peers chose are appropriate for the type of investigation they identified. If so, why? If not, which technique would you suggest? In addition, please observe the following guidelines for all responses: