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The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
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This site helps students discover the fundamentals of neurobiology and how drugs ...

This site helps students discover the fundamentals of neurobiology and how drugs change the brain. Among the topics: functions of specific brain areas; anatomy of the neuron; neurotransmission; drug action on neurons; genetic, behavioral, and environmental influences on drug addiction; and addiction as a chronic disease.

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Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Institutes of Health
Provider Set:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Building the Neuron
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What does the brain look like? As engineers, how can we look ...

What does the brain look like? As engineers, how can we look at neural networks without invasive surgery? In this activity, students design and build neuron models based on observations made while viewing neurons through a microscope. The models are used to explain how each structure of the neuron contributes to the overall function. Students share their models with younger students and explain what a neuron is, its function, and how engineers use their understanding of the neuron to make devices to activate neurons.

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Engineering
Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Janelle Orange
Robotics Engineering for Better Life and Sustainable Future RET,
Cerebral Palsy (Spanish)
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This patient education program explains cerebral palsy (CP), the causes and risk ...

This patient education program explains cerebral palsy (CP), the causes and risk factors, symptoms and complications, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment options. It also reviews brain anatomy, particularly that of the motor skills areas. This resource is a MedlinePlus Interactive Health Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine, designed and developed by the Patient Education Institute.

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Lecture
Provider:
National Library of Medicine
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H.E.A.L.
The Cockroach Beatbox
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By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow ...

By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses -- and how legs can respond. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 6-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

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Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TED
Provider Set:
TED-Ed
Author:
Gage, Greg
Cognitive Psychology
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Cognitive Psychology is a psychological science which is interested in various mind ...

Cognitive Psychology is a psychological science which is interested in various mind and brain related subfields such as cognition, the mental processes that underlie behavior, reasoning and decision making.

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Psychology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Commanding a Robot Using Sound
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Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, ...

Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, focusing on the auditory sense. Working in small groups, students design, create and run programs to control the motion of LEGO® TaskBots. By doing this, they increase their understanding of the use and function of sound sensors, gain experience writing robot programs, and reinforce their understanding of the sensory process.

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Engineering
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Sachin Nair, Kalyani Upendram, Satish Nair
Complex Networks and Graphs
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Students learn about complex networks and how to represent them using graphs. ...

Students learn about complex networks and how to represent them using graphs. They also learn that graph theory is a useful mathematical tool for studying complex networks in diverse applications of science and engineering, such as neural networks in the brain, biochemical reaction networks in cells, communication networks, such as the internet, and social networks. Topics covered include set theory, defining a graph, as well as defining the degree of a node and the degree distribution of a graph.

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Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
TeachEngineering.org
Control Using Sound
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Students gain a deeper understanding of how sound sensors work through a ...

Students gain a deeper understanding of how sound sensors work through a hands-on design challenge involving LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT taskbots and sound sensors. Student groups each program a robot computer to use to the sound of hand claps to control the robot's movement. They learn programming skills and logic design in parallel. They experience how robots can take sensor input and use it to make decisions to move and turn, similar to the human sense of hearing. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post quizzes are provided.

Subject:
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Srijith Nair, Pranit Samarth, Satish S. Nair
Conversations with History: Consciousness and the Biology of the Brain, with Christof Koch
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Host Harry Kreisler welcomes neurobiologist Christof Koch for a discussion of what ...

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes neurobiologist Christof Koch for a discussion of what biology can tell us about consciousness. He discusses the framework for defining the problem which he developed with Nobel Laureate Francis Crick. He reflects on the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the brain and how technology is impacting the transformation of our neuronal correlates of consciousness. He also discusses the implications of his research for our understanding of manŐs place in the universe. (49 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Don't Bump into Me!
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Students' understanding of how robotic ultrasonic sensors work is reinforced in a ...

Students' understanding of how robotic ultrasonic sensors work is reinforced in a design challenge involving LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots and ultrasonic sensors. Student groups program their robots to move freely without bumping into obstacles (toy LEGO people). They practice and learn programming skills and logic design in parallel. They see how robots take input from ultrasonic sensors and use it to make decisions to move, resulting in behavior similar to the human sense of sight but through the use of sound sensors, more like echolocation. Students design-test-redesign-retest to achieve successful programs. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post quizzes are provided.

Subject:
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Nishant Sinha, Pranit Samarth, Satish S. Nair
Everyone Is You and Me
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In this fun optics activity, learners explore principles of light, reflection (mirrors), ...

In this fun optics activity, learners explore principles of light, reflection (mirrors), and perception. Learners work in pairs and sit on opposite sides of a "two-way" mirror. Both partners vary the amount light illuminating their faces. As they adjust the light, they begin to see themselves gradually assuming aspects of their partner's features, so that their image becomes a "composite" person. This activate guide includes instructions on how to build a two-way mirror.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Provider Set:
Science Snacks
Author:
California Department of Education
Don Rathjen
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
Exercise for your Brain
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Not all exercise is the same, but all exercise can help you ...

Not all exercise is the same, but all exercise can help you grow strong and keep you healthy. Exercise can also help you with your homework and that science project due at the end of the year.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences
Provider Set:
Ask A Biologist
Author:
CJ Kazilek
Gabriel Shaibi
Follow the Light
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Students' understanding of how robotic light sensors work is reinforced in a ...

Students' understanding of how robotic light sensors work is reinforced in a design challenge involving LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots and light sensors. Working in pairs, students program LEGO robots to follow a flashlight as its light beam moves around. Students practice and learn programming skills and logic design in parallel. They see how robots take input from light sensors and use it to make decisions to move, similar to the human sense of sight. Students also see how they perform the steps of the engineering design process in the course of designing and testing to achieve a successful program. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post quizzes are provided.

Subject:
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Nishant Sinha, Pranit Samarth, Satish S. Nair
From Sound to Meaning: Hearing, Speech and Language
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Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species ...

Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to identify the processes in the brain that are related to understanding language. This unit looks at how language is understood by taking an interdisciplinary approach.

Subject:
Linguistics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Author:
The Open University
Grey Matters: How Do We Predict the Future - Brains, Rewards and Addiction
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In this fascinating presentation, The Salk Institute's Terry Sejnowski explores how by ...

In this fascinating presentation, The Salk Institute's Terry Sejnowski explores how by its nature the human brain is susceptible to the effects of addictive substances. (59 minutes)

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. San Diego
UCTV Teacher's Pet