Sensory System

Sensory System

Pick any topic that interests you that is related to the biopsychology ofSENSORY, ATTENTION OR MOTORSYSTEMS (or combinations of these). Read about your topic of interest from at least two reliable sources (see more about the sources below). Your essay must somehow address the neuroscientific/biopsychology aspects of your topic. One of your sources can be our textbook. Many chapters in the book discuss relevant topics, but the most relevant chapters for this assignment are chapters 6, 7 and 8. Note, however, that you must also have at least one other source. Many topics you could select are discussed a little bit in the book and that could be your starting point, but you’d want to find more information elsewhere.
Report to others what you discovered by writing a summary of your findings and posting it in this Canvas discussion board below. You also need to post your summary in the Vericite plagiarism check which is right underneath this discussion in the Canvas module. The minimum length of your summary is 3 pages (when double-spaced). There is no maximum length.
As mentioned above, one of your sources can be our textbook (but does not have to be). Your sources should be RELIABLE ACADEMIC SOURCES that discuss peer-reviewed research findings. The best way to accomplish this is to locate an actual PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLE (using the library website). It is also acceptable to use a book that discusses research data, or a reliable academic website that cites peer-reviewed research data. However, the website needs to list their peer-reviewed sources so that you can determine where the information came from. WIKIPEDIA IS NOT ACCEPTED AS A RELIABLE SOURCE for this assignment.
You also need to read other students’ summaries, and reply to TWO of them by the due date above. You can ask questions, comment on their information, tell about your knowledge related to their topic, etc.

Here are some ideas for what you could research and report about:

You could research a condition in which the sensory, attention and/or motor functions are somehow affected/impaired, often because of brain damage and/or a developmental process. Discuss symptoms, brain regions/neural organization, case studies if applicable, and any other information you find interesting about the condition. Remember that your essay must address the neuroscientific/biopsychology aspects of your topic. You can pick a condition mentioned in our textbook, or find a condition that is not mentioned in the book but is relevant to this question. Some example conditions you could examine:

Apperceptive agnosia
Associative agnosia
Red-green color blindness
Auditory cortex damage
Hearing loss/Deafness
Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
Astereognosia (inability to recognize objects by touch)
Asomatognosia (failure to recognize parts of own body)
Unilateral/contralateral neglect
Rubber-hand illusion (feeling that an object is part of one’s body)
Congenital insensitivity to pain
Neuropathic pain
Anosmia (inability to smell)
Ageusia (inability to taste)
Simultanagnosia (inability to perceive more than one stimulus at a time)
Optic ataxia (inability to reach and grab objects)
Apraxia (generally: inability to make certain movements; many different kinds of apraxias)
Alternatively, you could investigate the general neural organization and function of a specific sensory, motor or attention system. Your focus could be on describing the details of the system, or you could pick a specific topic related to the system, briefly describe the general organization and then focus on that specific topic (e.g. describe the primary motor cortex organization and function, and then discuss controlling robotic arms with it; or describe mirror neurons, and then discuss the research in relation to autism and mirror neurons).

Tell us about your key findings in your summary. Again, remember that you must specifically address the neural processes related to your topic. Relevant topics include:

The auditory system
The visual system
The gustatory (taste) system
The olfactory (smell) system
The somatosensory system
Pain perception in the nervous system
Neural mechanisms of attention
The sensorimotor system
Mirror neurons

Feel free to pick any of these topics, or come up with your own, as long as it somehow relates to the biopsychology of the sensory systems, motor systems and/or attention.

Note: the focus of this assignment is to learn about the sensory, motor and attention systems of the body. It would be acceptable to select a neurodegenerative disorder that has motor/sensory symptoms (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease) BUT if you do so, you must still also describe one of the sensory/motor systems of the body.


Copy and paste (or directly type) your summary as a discussion post in the REPLY box below instead of including an attachment, because it’s easier/quicker for others to read it.
You need to use APA format in-textcitationsand an APA format reference list in these assignments (instructions below and in the other documents in this module).
As discussed above, you need refer to at least TWO SOURCES in your post. You can use academic peer-reviewed journal articles, books, reliable newspaper articles that discuss research, films that discuss research, academic websites (WIKIPEDIA DOES NOT COUNT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT). The most credible websites are based on research findings and often end in .edu or .org. The best method for you for finding peer-reviewed journal articles is to use the library search tools such as Academic Search Complete. If you search for a particular key term (e.g. prosopagnosia), you will usually get a list of journal article abstracts, often with direct links to the actual articles. Peer-reviewed articles typically contain subsections such as an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion. Sometimes they are “review articles” that review many studies (rather than report the results of an original experiment) and may not include all of these subsections, but you can still recognize them in the library search since they are labeled as an “Academic journal” (rather than “Periodical” which are not peer-reviewed).

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