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Brain Scan Evidence of Localisation-Petersen-Method and Results

He used brain scans to demonstrate how Wernicke's are was active during a listening task and how Broca's area was active during a reading task


Brain Scan Evidence of Localisation-Tulving-Results

A study of long term memory revealed that semantic and episodic memory reside in different areas of the prefrontal cortex


Neurosurgical Evidence for Localisation-Dougherty-Method

He reported on 44 OCD patients who had undergone a cingulotomy-a neurosurgical procedure that involves lesioning the cingulate gyrus


Neurosurgical Evidence for Localisation-Dougherty-Results

At post-surgical follow up after 32 weeks, a third had met the criteria for successful response to the surgery and 14% for partial response


Research into Plasticity-Maguire-Method

She studied the brains of London Taxi Drivers


Research into Plasticity-Maguire-Results

The taxi group had significantly more grey matter in the posterior hippocampus than the matched control group


Research into Plasticity-Draganski-Method

The brains of medical students were imaged 3 months before and 3 months after their final exams


Research into Plasticity-Draganski-Results

Learning-Induced changes were seen to have occurred in the posterior hippocampus and in the parietal cortex as a result of the exam


Research into Plasticity-Mechelli-Results

People who are bilingual have a larger parietal cortex compared to those who are monolingual


Spilt Brain Research into Hemispheric Lateralisation-Sperry-Method

Sperry devised a general procedure in which an image or word could be projected to a patients right visual field. All the participants in this study has a spilt brain


Spilt Brain Research into Hemispheric Lateralisation-Sperry-Results-Describing

When a picture or object was shown to the participants right visual field, they could easily describe what it was. This didn't occur if the image was shown in the left visual field


Spilt Brain Research into Hemispheric Lateralisation-Sperry-Results-Touch

Although participants could not verbally describe object in their left visual field, they were able to select a matching object from a bag of different objects


Spilt Brain Research into Hemispheric Lateralisation-Sperry-Results-Composite Words

If two words were presented simultaneous, one on either side of the visual field, the participant would write with their left hand the word on the left visual field, and say the word shown in the right visual field


Spilt Brain Research into Hemispheric Lateralisation-Sperry-Results-Matching Faces

When asked to match a face from a series of other faces, the picture in the left visual field was consistently selected. When a composite picture made of two different halves of a face was shown (one half to each visual field) the one in the right visual field was verbally described while the one in the left visual field was selected as the matching picture


Circadian Rhythms-Siffre-Method

He lived inside a cave, devoid of all natural light and sound


Circadian Rhythms-Siffre-Results

He resurfaced after two months in September, believing it to be mid-August. He biological clock became "free-running"


Circadian Rhythms-Aschoff and Wever-Method

Participants spent 4 weeks inside a WW2 bunker, devoid of all natural light


Circadian Rhythms-Aschoff and Wever-Results

All but one participants displaced a sleep wake cycle between 24 and 25 hours. The other participant's cycle when to 29 hours


Circadian Rhythms-Folkard-Method

12 participants lived in a dark cave for 3 weeks, going to bed at 11:45pm and getting up at 7:45am. The researchers sped up the clock, as a 24 hours day was actually 22 hours


Circadian Rhythms-Folkard-Results

None of the participants adjusted to the new timings


Infradian Rhythms-Stern and McClintock-Method

29 women with a history of irregular periods were involved. Samples of pheromones were gathered from 9 of the women at different stages of their menstrual cycles, via a cotton pad placed in their armpit. The pads were then frozen, and rubbed against the upper lip of the other participants. On day 1, pads from the start of the women's menstrual cycle were applied, and this continued throughout the experiment


Infradian Rhythms-Stern and McClintock-Results

They found out that 68% of women experienced changes to their cycle which brought them close to the cycle of their "odour donor"


Evidence to support Sleep Cycles-Dement and Kleitman-Method

They monitored the sleep patterns of 9 adult participants in a sleep lab. Brainwave activity was recorded on an EEG and the researchers controlled for the effects of caffeine and alcohol


Evidence to support Sleep Cycles-Dement and Kleitman-Results

REM activity was highly correlated with the experience of dreaming, brain activity varied according to how vivid dreams were, and participants woken during dreams reported very accurate recall of their dreams


Animals Studies and the SCN-DeCoursey-Method

The SCN connections were destroyed in the brains of 30 chipmunks who were then returned to their natural habitat and observed for 80 days


Animals Studies and the SCN-DeCoursey-Results

The sleep/wake cycle of the chipmunks disappeared and by the end of the story a significant proportion of them has been killed by predators


Animals Studies and the SCN-Ralph-Method

He breed "mutant hamsters" with a 20 hors sleep/wake cycle


Animals Studies and the SCN-Ralph-Results

When the SCN cells from the mutant hamsters were transplanted into the brains of normal hamsters, their sleep/wake cycle went to 20 hours


Overstating the influence of Exogenous Zeitgebers-Miles-Method

He recounted the story of a young man, blind from birth, with a circadian rhythm of 24.9 hours


Overstating the influence of Exogenous Zeitgebers-Miles-Results

Despite exposure to social cues, his sleep/wake cycle could not be adjusted, and consequently he had to take sedatives at night and stimulants in the morning to keep pace with the 24 hour world