Biopsychology: Understanding Behavior and Life History

Biopsychology is the study of behavior and life history in the context of biological explanation, that is, how behavior is either innate or learned. Biopsychology refers to an essential part of biology, which, while popularized by biochemistry, has a vast and more complex past.


A common misconception about biopsychology is that it is a branch of biology. Biopsychology is actually a multi-disciplinary field. It is not the creation of a single organism. The earliest forms of biopsychology studies of behavior. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle used his observations of the behavior of ants, bees, and other living organisms to form his own theory on animal behavior, which was later borrowed by the alchemists of the Renaissance and eventually paved the way for the development of modern biology.

Biological and behavioral explanations for behavior are not the same thing. Behavior is a quality that humans can understand and identify, while biological explanations are more complicated and cannot be explained in layman’s terms.

Throughout the history of biology, researchers have been attempting to make sense of human behaviors. The study of human behavior is complicated and difficult to explain. There are many reasons why humans behave in the way they do. One reason may be fear, another reason may be curiosity, and yet another reason may be shyness.

As humans, we humans have attempted to classify all our behaviors. We have used categories such as dominance, power, possession, compassion, vengeance, loyalty, honor, respect, and faith to define our behavior. The categories are not as accurate as they could be, and most of us would admit to having lost count of the number of these labels that we have applied to ourselves over the years.

Modern psychology has attempted to explain all human behavior, including all behavioral explanations. In this way, we attempt to understand the underlying factors that contribute to our behavior. This is how we attempt to explain the origins of our behaviors and why we act as we do. We attempt to go beyond the categorization of human behavior into behavioral explanations.

Though not a branch of science, some behaviorists and psychologists have used biopsychology to try to make a biological explanation for a specific type of behavior. For example, James Boyd of the University of Virginia has used biopsychology to suggest that children learn aggression from their parents.

However, no one has yet succeeded in completely explaining human behavior with a biological explanation. It may seem that if there is no biological explanation then we would have no use for behaviorists and psychologists. The fact is that behavioral explanation is very useful for making sense of human behavior. Biopsychology is a new way of explaining human behavior.