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What is our lie detection hit rate? chance rate?

hit 54%
chance 50%


What did Paul Ekman do in his studies? what were the results?

He made vignettes and showed them to psychiatrists, judges, police, FBI, CIA and Secret Service and tested their ability to detect lying.

The only group who did were Secret Service because they are trained to detect small physical changes/facial expressions


What does Paul Ekman study?

Facial Expressions


What three groups of people are best at detecting lying? Why?

Secret Service
Abused Children
Someone who has had a left hemisphere stroke

They all pay extra attention to body language and facial expressions


What is the problem with detecting lies with imaging?

the areas that light up during lying also light up during decision making


What part of the brain lights up when lying?

anterior cingulate cortex


What is a Steady State test?

It is a type of Biological examination.
You take a sample of individuals that fit a category: Clinical vs Control group
Take some kind of Biological Measure: urine, hair, cerebrospinal fluid etc..


What part of the face is more active when lying?

The eyes


What is the main issue with Steady State tests? give an example

The further away from the brain the more variability.
Ex: Learning disabled kids found to have increased levels of Cadmium and Lead in their hair compared to control BUT it's not specific increased Cadmium and Lead also found in murderers


What is the average rate of false positives for Drug Screening?



Why might an employer want to screen for drug users?

more likely to have increased absenteeism, accidents, health claims


What is Brain Electrophysiology?

It's a measure of electrical activity in brain


What is the P300 response

using EEG to look at how you respond to a specific stimulus
look for abnormalities in response


What do you call measuring brain waves?

Electro-enceph-algorams (EEG) note: no hyphens


What is Neurometrics?

take EEG recordings from all over the brain and put together a profile


What is a CAT scan?

Computerized Axial Tomography
2D X ray pictures of multiple slices that are computer analyzed
Camera that circles around the head


What is an MRI? What is involved?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
1. Produce a magnetic field around the head
2. Causes Hydrogen Atoms to align their electrons with magnetic field
3. when magnetic field is Stopped atoms are measured as they return to their original axis
4. Picture are taken of this


What is an issue with the CAT scan?

Poor Resolution


What are the structural abnormalities discovered through MRI in OCD? Schizophrenia?

OCD: larger caudate nucleus
Schizophrenia: Smaller thalamus, smaller frontal cortex, larger ventricles


People high in extroversion have differential functioning in which area of the brain? what is a function of this area?

Medial Orbital Frontal Cortex: involved in processing reward information


What is an fMRI

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Measures blood oxygenation


What is a PET scan?

Positron Emission Tomography
injection of radioactive substance that binds to neurotransmitters to trace them. Take pictures.


What are some disadvantages of Brain Imaging?

1. Assumptions: when we're looking at neural activation, we're not really measuring neural activation. we're measuring blood oxygenation or blood flow and ASSUMING
2. Generalizing from groups to individuals
3. What your measuring isn't always clear: ex: lying and decision making activate the same parts of the brain


What are some other Cautions professor Pihl gives about Brain Imaging?

1. Neural Abnormalities can be present without being involved in the disorder's development or expression
2. Neural Activation of an area can represent a general response associated with a broad range of behaviors
3. fMRI measures blood flow change not neuronal activity (Assumption)
4. Not a steady state: ex psychotherapy can change whats happening in the brain so maybe it's not as much of a brain disease as we think


What did the study that measured changes in parts of the brain of individuals who had behavioural interventions show?

The the brain can be manipulated purely psychologically


What are two reasons for using Animal Models to study abnormal behaviour?

1. Ethics
2. Convenience


What is an Analog Error?

demanding a one to one relationship between that you study in animals and what you study in humans


What are some issues with Animal Models?

1. Interspecies Generality - Analog Error
2. Preconceptions
3. Humane Standpoint


What do we have to keep in mind about Ethics?

We are continually tend to judge in terms of our current ethics, but we forget that ethics are always changing.
Ex: Autopsy: Used to be considered immoral/was illegal


What is a knockout animal?

An animal that has had a gene removed from functioning


What is Selective breeding?

inbreed a certain trait


Past Exam Question
Although the heritability for many disorders is quite high which is the only one that followed mendelian inheritance?



What is the Heritability of Divorce?



Why did the offspring of the mice who had the fosB gene knocked out die?

mothers did not care for them


What is Epigenetics?

How environmental events can affect the functioning of genes and there is a two way relationship between genes and environment


What is Epigenetic Transgeneraltional Inheritance?

Environmentally triggered effects can persist for generations


What happens when mice are bullied?

1. 309 genes increased in expression (up regulated)
2. 17 genes down regulated
3. Long lasting aversion to social contact
4. Mesolimbic Dopamine Pathway and BDNF affected
5. Could be revered with an anti depressant or by knocking out the BDNF gene


How did Dean Ornish treat men with prostate cancer? Why did it work?

He treated them with lifestyle and diet change. It worked because it affected genes related the the development of tumors
48 up regulated genes and 453 down regulated genes