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Introduction to Psychology ­PSY101
Lesson 25
Memory Disorders/Dysfunctions
Memory loss has long been considered as a result of aging, but now physicians believe that there must be
some pathological reasons as well, that cause memory impairment: "Memory Cognitive Impairment" (MCI).
Although the suffering individuals are capable of doing every day tasks independently, they also heavily rely
on using diaries, calendars, reminders etc.
Greek word which means "forgetfulness".
Loss of memory with other mental difficulties
In old age, people are unable to retrieve memories.
Includes two types of amnesia.
1. Retrograde amnesia
2. Anterograde amnesia]
·  Severe and rare disease, mostly affects people in their 60's and the risk is doubled every 5 years
after 60; at 80, one out of every five people develops dementia.
·  Symptoms may include repeating things several times, speech problems, intellectual problems,
and inability to remember the skills learned early in life e.g., dressing up, tying shoe laces, using
knives and forks etc.
·  The sufferer is irritable, withdrawn, rude, facing anxiety, depression, suspicious attitude, and
Alzheimer's disease
·  Common cause of memory loss in elderly people.
·  Progressive loss of memory including effect on person's language and recognition of people; also
losing way, inability to plan things, difficulty in organizing daily tasks etc.
·  Major symptoms include depression, lack of motivation, laziness, agitation, physical and verbal
aggressiveness; recent events are forgotten; delusions and hallucinations may also occur.
Huntington's disease (HD)
·  Fatal disease that results in involuntary movements and cognitive impairment.
·  Genetic disease that runs in families.
·  It mainly affects important brain regions such as basal ganglia that have vital role in co-ordination
and movement.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
·  Occurs mostly in adults, and is common in men than women.
·  Develops in the age of 40- 70 but also occur in the twenties and thirties as well
·  Affects motor neurons of the body (that bring messages from the brain to the different muscles of
the body).
Korsakoff's Syndrome
·  Severe and often permanent loss of memory.
·  Addicted/ long-term alcoholics are the sufferers of this syndrome.
·  Memory impairment occurs because of brain damage caused by thiamine deficiency and
·  Major symptoms; hallucinations, Impaired dietary intake, repeating information several times, and
inability to remember things.
Introduction to Psychology ­PSY101
Ask Yourself
Why do some students want to get an "A" in every exam, and some don't even bother about it?
Why do the skydivers love to dive down from hundreds of feet above the ground?
Why do some people some people run after money and some refuse even the most attractive job
·  Why do some people leave their country for earning money and some are contented and happy
with whatever is available to them at home?
·  Why people become doctors, engineers, social workers, pilots, army men etc?
·  And to ourselves, why we want to learn/ know about the particular subject?
The answer to all these questions can be explained by understanding the concept of motivation.
What is Motivation?
Motivation is a desire, drive, instinct or need that speeds up our behavior towards some goal.
Psychologists are interested in observing and evaluating the factors that motivate or direct human behavior.
A MOTIVE is a need or a want that causes us to act. Motivation involves goal-directed behavior, an
interesting field of study that investigates what motivates us to initiate or take action to pursue a goal. Early
theories focused on instincts, inherited automatic species-specific behaviors, and drives, physiological
compulsions that we need to satisfy such as hunger (food).
Basically, there are two types of motives that are essential for the proper human functioning
I. Primary/ unlearnt/ physiological/ biological motives
II. Secondary/ learnt/ psychological motives
I. Primary Motives
Concerned with all the biological/ physiological needs of the body. They are also known as unlearnt
motives because they entirely include the basic drives such as hunger, thirst, need for sleep, air, excretion etc
that do not need any sort of learning.
II. Secondary Motives
Also known as the psycho- social motives because they involve people's appreciation or appraisal in order
to live successfully in any society.
·  Also important in the sense that they are the means of satisfying the primary motives such as work
and salary, good marks and appreciation from the parents.
·  These are a source of mental satisfaction as well.
·  The important and interesting fact about motivation is that organisms keep trying to achieve the
desired goal. When the goal is achieved, the motivation regresses and when not achieved, the
person keeps on trying to achieve it.
·  When one motive is satisfied, we start to move forward to satisfy the next need and so on.
·  This is how struggle continues throughout our lives.
Primary/Unlearnt/ Physiological/ Biological Motives
The major primary motives are:
Fatigue and sleep
Warmth and cold
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The most urgent and desirable need in all organisms including human and animals.
Eating is related to the homeostatic mechanism of the body.
Psychologists have done research on animals to observe the level of motivation, which showed that
internal system, not only regulates the quantity of food intake but also the kind of food that has
been taken.
The systems that involved in when to eat and how much to eat is a complicated phenomena.
It is a proven fact that hunger is not only related with the empty stomach; people whose stomach
has been removed still experienced the sensation of it.
The animals have taken larger amount of food when it contains low level of nutrients as compared
to highly nutritive diet; showing that both animals and humans are sensitive about the nutritive
value of food.
Chemical secretions in blood: chemicals/ hormones secreted by the endocrine gland also play a
crucial role in the hunger drive e.g., studies showed that when glucose (sugar) was injected in rats,
they felt less hunger as compared to when they were given insulin which resulted in hunger pangs.
What Role Does Brain Play in Hunger Drive?
Hypothalamus, brain's vital organ concerned with hunger and operates on it by regulating its
activity i.e., food intake.
·  In case of injury in hypothalamus, the most apparent change will occur in eating behaviors.
·  Studies showed that when the rats' lateral hypothalamus was removed; it resulted in starving to
death and they refused to eat anything when given food.
·  When the rat's ventromedial hypothalamus was removed, it resulted in the opposite i.e. extreme
overeating behavior; increase in weight by 400 percent than the actual weight.
·  It is a known fact that hypothalamus regulates the huger drive yet it is not clear as to how it
External Factors in Eating Behavior
·  Societal rules and conventions.
·  Learn eating patterns from past experiences.
Eating-related disorders
·  Obesity
·  Anorexia nervosa
·  Bulimia
Weight Set point
·  A certain weight level that the body strives to maintain.
·  The rate at which food converts into energy and then is expended by the body.
Managing and reducing weight
·  Reducing weight is a tough task so try not to gain too much of weight.
·  Eat wisely and do not be tempted.
·  Slow eating helps.
·  Avoid junk/ fad food.
·  Do regular exercise; aerobics do help
·  Make realistic goals and pursue them strictly.
·  If you failed in achieving the set goal try again and do not feel guilty.
·  Reward yourself off and on.... after considerable intervals.
We can live without food for several days or even months, but without water, we can hardly live for
few days.
More than 75% of our body weight is due to the presence of water/ liquid.
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The thirst drive is largely internal and includes three basic mechanisms: when salt concentration in
our body becomes high, and then it triggers hypothalamus to act, resulting in thirst drive.
Secondly, when fluid volume decreases in the circulatory process, then this drive is stimulated e.g.
after injury when large amount of blood is wasted.
Another important factor is the increase in the body temperature.
The replenishment of water is very rapid; that is why we feel thirsty after a very short time.
Fatigue and Sleep
Rest and proper sleep is very important for the effective functioning of species.
After the hard work of the day, person becomes fatigued and needs adequate amount of rest in
order to be fresh again next day.
What causes fatigue is yet unknown, but chemical changes in the body that effect muscles may be
the factor causing it; one cause is the excess amount of lactic acid in the muscles.
Fatigue Can Be Psychological As Well As Physical
Frustration, anxiety, tension, worry, boredom etc are factors other than the physical ones causing
fatigue in persons.
In physical exertion, rest brings freshness and relief, but when the person is in stress or anxiety, rest
will not be helpful.
Partly, sleep is also related with the chemical activity in the body in which the brain, nerves, and
muscles are all involved.
The pattern of sleep is culturally based also; people make adaptation with the successive changes in
lightness and darkness; e.g. Norway.
What makes pain a drive?
·  Avoiding injury, scar or wound is what makes it an important drive.
·  When pain persists for a longer period of time, then it become a drive to get rid of it.
·  Some people respond quickly to pain; more than the normal healthy individual would do and some
are less responsive to pain.
Pain is a blessing in disguise!!!!!!
Sex Drive
Very essential drive for the survival and continuation of species.
Societal and religious conventions, laws, and restrictions make it a more powerful drive for human
In humans, past experience, emotions and ways/ manner of expression play a very important role.
In males, gland is a testis; androgens and other middleman hormones of pituitary are responsible
for its expression.
In females, organ is an ovary; estrogens (arousal) and progesterone (pregnancy) are important and
vital glands for its expression.
Sexual drive is largely dependent on the chemical secretions in the body, which is a proven fact by
using animals as subjects.
Excretion: Bowel and Bladder Tensions
The body has to get rid of the waste regularly.
The satisfaction of this drive is very important to children as compared to adults for whom it has
less importance.
Toilet training in early childhood plays a very crucial role in the development of personality of the
child later in life.
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Harsh/ severe and too early toilet training causes sense of insecurity in the child;
Withholding of bowel movements even when not required may result from it.
Important thing to know about is that the bowel and bladder muscles are the last ones that come
under the child's control, so the toilet training should be given when the child is physically strong
enough and prepared for it.
Oxygen = Most instant and essential requirement of human body.
Oxygen deficiency/ hunger can be felt when there is excess of carbon dioxide.
Continual supply of oxygen to the brain is very important because, although brain uses very small
amount of it but deprivation for only few seconds may result in anoxia or neural damage.
Even during birth of the child, sufficient amount of oxygen is required; otherwise it may result into
mental retardation or brain damage.
At high altitudes oxygen deprivation may result into strange behaviors; person loses control over
himself i.e. laugh or burst into tears very rapidly, memory becomes impaired, sense organs do not
work properly or in severe cases, brain damage may occur after prolonged deprivation.
Warmth and Cold
Every one, whether animals or humans is affected by weather; either it is cold or hot.
Avoiding the extremes becomes the basic motive for all living beings.
Our skin has separate receptor cells for warmth and cold.
Body temperature is regulated by complex mechanism as it largely depends on two factors;
i. The temperature in the external environment
ii. The internal body temperature
Brain's organ, hypothalamus, as with other basic drives, regulates the temperature of the body with
respect to the external environment.
Below 57 degree of normal temperature, body becomes stimulated; adrenaline and thyroxin are
secreted, blood pressure rises, muscular activity increased, blood is transferred to the internal
organs and tissues of the body rather than on the surface of the skin.
On the contrary, in hot weather, the reaction of the body is entirely opposite; i.e. body become
slow in its activity, perspiration appears, blood vessels dilates so that more blood become available
on the surface of the skin for cooling, blood circulation is increased.
Servo Control: For warmth and cold
To keep the body at constant temperature, many other adjustments also take place such as
use of blankets, heaters, hot drinks etc in cold season and air- conditioners, fans, cold
drinks etc in summer season____ such use is called servo control; also partly controlled
by hypothalamus and exhibited by the animals also.
Table of Contents:
  1. WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?:Theoretical perspectives of psychology
  3. SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT:Biological Approach, Psychodynamic Approach
  4. PERSPECTIVE/MODEL/APPROACH:Narcosis, Chemotherapy
  5. THE PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH/ MODEL:Psychic Determinism, Preconscious
  6. BEHAVIORAL APPROACH:Behaviorist Analysis, Basic Terminology, Basic Terminology
  8. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (I):Scientific Nature of Psychology
  9. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (II):Experimental Research
  11. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT:Socio- Cultural Factor, The Individual and the Group
  12. NERVOUS SYSTEM (1):Biological Bases of Behavior, Terminal Buttons
  13. NERVOUS SYSTEM (2):Membranes of the Brain, Association Areas, Spinal Cord
  14. ENDOCRINE SYSTEM:Pineal Gland, Pituitary Gland, Dwarfism
  15. SENSATION:The Human Eye, Cornea, Sclera, Pupil, Iris, Lens
  16. HEARING (AUDITION) AND BALANCE:The Outer Ear, Auditory Canal
  17. PERCEPTION I:Max Wertheimer, Figure and Ground, Law of Closure
  18. PERCEPTION II:Depth Perception, Relative Height, Linear Perspective
  19. ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS:Electroencephalogram, Hypnosis
  20. LEARNING:Motor Learning, Problem Solving, Basic Terminology, Conditioning
  21. OPERANT CONDITIONING:Negative Rein forcer, Punishment, No reinforcement
  22. COGNITIVE APPROACH:Approach to Learning, Observational Learning
  23. MEMORY I:Functions of Memory, Encoding and Recoding, Retrieval
  24. MEMORY II:Long-Term Memory, Declarative Memory, Procedural Memory
  25. MEMORY III:Memory Disorders/Dysfunctions, Amnesia, Dementia
  26. SECONDARY/ LEARNT/ PSYCHOLOGICAL MOTIVES:Curiosity, Need for affiliation
  27. EMOTIONS I:Defining Emotions, Behavioral component, Cognitive component
  28. EMOTIONS II:Respiratory Changes, Pupillometrics, Glandular Responses
  29. COGNITION AND THINKING:Cognitive Psychology, Mental Images, Concepts
  31. PERSONALITY I:Definition of Personality, Theories of Personality
  32. PERSONALITY II:Surface traits, Source Traits, For learning theorists, Albert Bandura
  33. PERSONALITY III:Assessment of Personality, Interview, Behavioral Assessment
  34. INTELLIGENCE:The History of Measurement of Intelligence, Later Revisions
  35. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY:Plato, Aristotle, Asclepiades, In The Middle Ages
  36. ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR I:Medical Perspective, Psychodynamic Perspective
  37. ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR II:Hypochondriasis, Conversion Disorders, Causes include
  38. PSYCHOTHERAPY I:Psychotherapeutic Orientations, Clinical Psychologists
  39. PSYCHOTHERAPY II:Behavior Modification, Shaping, Humanistic Therapies
  40. POPULAR AREAS OF PSYCHOLOGY:ABC MODEL, Factors affecting attitude change
  41. HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY:Understanding Health, Observational Learning
  42. INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY:‘Hard’ Criteria and ‘Soft’ Criteria
  43. CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGY:Focus of Interest, Consumer Psychologist
  44. SPORT PSYCHOLOGY:Some Research Findings, Arousal level
  45. FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY:Origin and History of Forensic Psychology