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Mind Over Matter: Marijuana
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You may have heard it called pot, weed, grass, ganja or skunk, ... More

You may have heard it called pot, weed, grass, ganja or skunk, but marijuana by any other name is still a drug that affects the brain. Did you know marijuana can cause some people to lose focus on events around them? It makes others more aware of their physical sensations, and it has still more effects on other people. All these different changes are caused by chemicals that affect the brain. More than 400 chemicals are in the average marijuana plant. When smoked, heat produces even more of them! Less

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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter: Methamphetamine
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Methamphetamine is a powerful drug. It acts by changing how the brain ... More

Methamphetamine is a powerful drug. It acts by changing how the brain works. It also speeds up many functions in the body. Methamphetamine has a chemical structure that is similar to another drug called amphetamine that I explore in my magazine on stimulants. Methamphetamine can cause lots of harmful things, including inability to sleep, paranoia, aggressiveness, and hallucinations. Less

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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter: Opiates
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Opiates are made from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. They ... More

Opiates are made from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. They can have important medical benefitsÄthey're powerful painkillers, they are sometimes prescribed to control severe diarrhea, and they can also be found in cough medicine. Maybe you've heard of drugs called Vicodin, morphine or codeine. These are examples of opiates. When used properly for medical purposes, they can be very helpful. Opiates used without a doctor's prescription or in ways other than how they are prescribed, can be dangerous and addictive. Less

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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter: Prescription Drug Abuse
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Doctors decide how much of a drug to give a person based ... More

Doctors decide how much of a drug to give a person based on that persons age, size, and medical history. By doing so, doctors oversee the safe and proper use of prescription drugs. Abuse is when someone takes a prescription drug without a doctors prescription or in a way or amount that is different from what was prescribed. Abuse of prescription drugs can have serious and harmful health effects, including poisoning and even death. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter
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Mind Over Matter: Prescription Drug Abuse Activity
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Based upon what they've learned about prescription drug abuse, students will complete ... More

Based upon what they've learned about prescription drug abuse, students will complete a web hunt for myths and facts about prescription drugs and take a quiz. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter: Stimulants Activity
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Help your children/students better understand the symptoms and consequences of stimulant abuse ... More

Help your children/students better understand the symptoms and consequences of stimulant abuse by having them fill in the missing blanks of this diagnostic report. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter
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Mind Over Matter: Teacher's Guide
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The "Mind Over Matter" series includes eight colorful, glossy magazines, each of ... More

The "Mind Over Matter" series includes eight colorful, glossy magazines, each of which is devoted to a specific drug or drug group; including stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, opiates, Tobacco Addiction, Methamphetamine, and steroids. Each of the magazines describes the effects of specific drugs or drug types on the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the body. These educational materials further elaborate on the way in which these drug-induced changes affect both behaviors and emotions. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter: Tobacco Addiction
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When tobacco is smoked, nicotine is absorbed by the lungs and quickly ... More

When tobacco is smoked, nicotine is absorbed by the lungs and quickly moved into the bloodstream, where it is circulated throughout the brain. All of this happens very rapidly. In fact, nicotine reaches the brain within 8 seconds after someone inhales tobacco smoke. Nicotine can also enter the bloodstream through the mucous membranes that line the mouth (if tobacco is chewed) or nose (if snuff is used), and even through the skin. Nicotine affects the entire body. Nicotine acts directly on the heart to change heart rate and blood pressure. It also acts on the nerves that control respiration to change breathing patterns. In high concentrations, nicotine is deadly, in fact one drop of purified nicotine on the tongue will kill a person. It's so lethal that it has been used as a pesticide for centuries. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Mind Over Matter
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Moral Psychology, Spring 2009
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" This course is an examination of philosophical theories of action and ... More

" This course is an examination of philosophical theories of action and motivation in the light of empirical findings from social psychology, sociology, and neuroscience. Topics include belief, desire, and moral motivation; sympathy and empathy; intentions and other committing states; strength of will and weakness of will; free will; addiction and compulsion; guilt, shame and regret; evil; self-knowledge and self-deception; and, virtues and character traits. This course is a CI-M course." Less

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Psychology
Sociology
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
Lecture Notes
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Holton, Richard
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Neuroscience and Society, Spring 2010
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This course explores the social relevance of neuroscience, considering how emerging areas ... More

This course explores the social relevance of neuroscience, considering how emerging areas of brain research at once reflect and reshape social attitudes and agendas. Topics include brain imaging and popular media; neuroscience of empathy, trust, and moral reasoning; new fields of neuroeconomics and neuromarketing; ethical implications of neurotechnologies such as cognitive enhancement pharmaceuticals; neuroscience in the courtroom; and neuroscientific recasting of social problems such as addiction and violence. Guest lectures by neuroscientists, class discussion, and weekly readings in neuroscience, popular media, and science studies. Less

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Religious Studies
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
SchĺŮll, Natasha
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Reconstructors: A Plaguing Problem
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In A Plaguing Problem, students need to reconstruct lost knowledge about pain ... More

In A Plaguing Problem, students need to reconstruct lost knowledge about pain relieving drugs. They learn about concepts such as neurotransmission, the neurobiology and history underlying drug addiction, pain management, and analgesia. This game consists of three consecutive episodes with a continuous storyline and we recommend playing the episodes in order. Less

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Activities and Labs
Games
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Rice Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning
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Rice Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning
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Stories of ex-alcoholics
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You read a story and a poem about alcoholism and answer some ... More

You read a story and a poem about alcoholism and answer some questions on them. You look for the literal or metaphorical meaning of words and phrases in the poem. Less

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Languages
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Activities and Labs
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KlasCement
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KlasCement
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Vlaams Ministerie Van Onderwijs En Vorming
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What's the Risk?
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To discover the risk and protective factors involved in substance addiction, learners ... More

To discover the risk and protective factors involved in substance addiction, learners play a game of chance to determine whether a fictitious child is likely or unlikely to abuse drugs. Learners then analyze the results along with genetic factors to assess the risk of addiction. Less

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Life Science
Genetics
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Games
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Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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April Mitchell
Brendon Nicholson
Molly Malone
RevaBeth Russell
Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award (SEDAPA) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
University of Utah
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