Assignment 2 Challenges to Folk Psychology

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Assignment 2
Challenges to Folk Psychology

Assignment 2 highlights the challenges to Folk Psychology based on chapters on the Biology of Mind (Chapter 2 lectures 9-11), Consciousness (Chapter 3, lecture 12-13) and Sensation and Perception (Chapter 6, lectures 14-16). Answer the following questions based on modules from the material in the chapters.
Review the Two Brain Hemispheres module and answer the following questions (

1. Summarize the studies which show that the left and right hemispheres have different functions for language and spatial thinking.

2. On the basis of split brain research, can we really say that we really are aware of the content of our own minds as Folk Psychology supposes? Provide reasons one way or the other.
Review the Your Mind on Drugs module and answer the following questions (
3. How are psychoactive drugs categorized? Name one example of a drug in each of the three main categories. Explain the difference between drug agonists and drug antagonists.
4. After experimenting with the injection of various solutions into specific areas of a rat’s brain and observing the subsequent bar-pressing behavior, what conclusions did you draw from the rat’s behavior based on the type and place of injection? Explain your answer.
5. Can we really say that we are in conscious control of our own minds as Folk Psychology supposes if even the smallest change in the biochemistry in our brain due to drugs alters our perceptions, experiences, and behavior?
Review the Visual Illusions module and answer the following questions (
6. Report your pattern of performance on the two sets of trials on the Müller-Lyer, Ponzo, Horizontal-Vertical, and Poggendorf Illusions. Did your performance remain less than perfect even on the second trial?
7. What does it means that your performance remained less than perfect despite knowing how and why the illusions occur? Does the power of illusions convince you that we do not always perceive the world the way it is? Present an argument about if (or when) you should ever trust your perceptions.

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