Foundational concept 7 is the second of five foundational concepts found within the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the new MCAT exam. Foundational concept 7 questions makes up 35% of the questions in the foundational concept portion of this section. This is the largest percentage of questions in this section.
Overview of Foundational Concept 7
Foundational concept 7 focuses on the biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence both behavior and behavior change. The behavior of humans is incredibly complex and often times surprising. It can be different across individuals in the exact same situations, as well as within individuals in different situations.
To understand human behavior, you must know about the interplay between psychological, sociocultural and biological factors that are directly related to behavior. This interplay has major implications for the way we act as well as the likelihood of behavior change.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there are three content categories within foundational concept 7:
This knowledge will help prepare medical students learn about behavioral pathways that can promote health and prevent disease. Students armed with this knowledge can also be prepared to learn about interventions aimed at helping patients adopt healthier behaviors.