You Studied psychology…
Do you Apply it In Your Own Life?
Use behavioral neuroscience to make sense of the findings of psychology
For me this has happened in the following Six Epiphanies
1. It’s an evolutionary feature: Don’t mistake mental features for bugs.
2. Teaching: Apply psychology to teach psychology.
3. Myths: Question public myths and misleading hoaxes.
4. Biopsychosocial: Use the biopsychosocial model correctly.
5. Measurement: Pay attention to measurement.
6. Translational: Apply psychology by translating research.
A worldview called the biopsychosocial model
Using behavioral neuroscience is part of applying the biopsychosocial model devised over 40 years ago by George Engel. Far from being just a vague recommendation to consider behavior at three levels, it is a reminder that most experiences represent interesting interactions among molecular, behavioral, and social influences that can be made quite specific.
BIO: The biological approach comprises everything we think of as inside a person: molecules including genes, cells like bacteria and neurons, and entire systems like the nervous system or the gut-brain axis.
It is confusing to think of the biopsychosocial continuum as three levels, because we can distinguish multiple levels of organization just within the biological “level”.
PSYCHO: The psychological approach includes the person or individual animal and everything we can observe the whole organism doing.
SOCIAL: The social component involves a community or society. New phenomena can appear in this realm such as communication, reproduction, and collective behavior, just as a collection of automobile drivers becomes traffic.
The biopsychosocial model forces us to examine behaving individuals but the host of interactions that control behavior, including genes and a cell’s chemical environment, a culture’s food and its effect on our internal chemistry, or the way that social stress triggers bodily inflammation to influence our moods.