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Baroreceptor Reflex Role Play
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In this activity about the baroreceptor reflex (BR) arc (page 123 of ... More

In this activity about the baroreceptor reflex (BR) arc (page 123 of the PDF), learners discover the importance of maintaining adequate arterial blood pressure through a role playing exercise. This activity will model how the brain processes information and sends out signals to the heart and arteries. Learners can also consider how this affects astronauts in the microgravity environment of space. The lesson guide, part of NASA's "The Brain in Space: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience," includes background information and evaluation strategies. Note: this activity requires 9 learners per group. Less

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Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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BioEdOnline
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Bernice R. McLean
Marlene Y. MacLeish
NSBRI
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The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I, Fall 2002
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Survey of principles underlying the structure and function of the nervous system, ... More

Survey of principles underlying the structure and function of the nervous system, integrating molecular, cellular, and systems approaches. Topics: development of the nervous system and its connections, cell biology or neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory systems of the brain, the neuroendocrine system, the motor system, higher cortical functions, behavioral and cellular analyses of learning and memory. First half of an intensive two-term survey of brain and behavioral studies for first-year graduate students. Open to graduate students in other departments, with permission of instructor. Less

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Biology
Psychology
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Graybiel, Ann
Miller, Earl Keith
Wilson, Matt
Wilson, Matthew
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Cellular Neurobiology, Spring 2012
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This course serves as an introduction to the structure and function of ... More

This course serves as an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Emphasis is placed on the cellular properties of neurons and other excitable cells. Topics covered include the structure and biophysical properties of excitable cells, synaptic transmission, neurochemistry, neurodevelopment, and the integration of information in simple systems and the visual system. Less

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Life Science
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Internet Scout Project
M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Troy Littleton
William Quinn
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A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain, Fall 2006
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This course is designed to provide an understanding of how the human ... More

This course is designed to provide an understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease, and is intended for both the Brain and Cognitive Science major and the non-Brain and Cognitive Science major. Knowledge of how the human brain works is important for all citizens, and the lessons to be learned have enormous implications for public policy makers and educators. The course will cover the regional anatomy of the brain and provide an introduction to the cellular function of neurons, synapses and neurotransmitters. Commonly used drugs that alter brain function can be understood through a knowledge of neurotransmitters. Along similar lines, common diseases that illustrate normal brain function will be discussed. Experimental animal studies that reveal how the brain works will be reviewed. Throughout the seminar we will discuss clinical cases from Dr. Byrne's experience that illustrate brain function; in addition, articles from the scientific literature will be discussed at each class. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Byrne, Thomas
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The Cockroach Beatbox
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By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow ... More

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. Less

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Biology
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TED-Ed
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Gage, Greg
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Computer Simulations of Basic Neuronal Function
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This laboratory utilizes two user-friendly computer programs from Neurosim (Biosoft, Cambridge, U.K.) ... More

This laboratory utilizes two user-friendly computer programs from Neurosim (Biosoft, Cambridge, U.K.) that demonstrate various aspects of electrophysiological functions of neurons without sacrificing experimental animals. One program simulates passive conduction in a long length of axon while the second program simulates the Hodgkin-Huxley equations for the production of an action potential. While these programs allow students to try experimental manipulations that parallel those done in real electrophysiological experiments (changing ionic concentrations or voltage stimulus, effects of various drugs, etc.) it also allows them to change some of the inherent properties of neurons, such as membrane resistance and axon resistance. This enables one to see how neurons of different physical characteristics differ in their electrical behavior. This laboratory is suitable for students of varying backgrounds. Less

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Biology
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
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Maggie Haag
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Coping with Changes
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The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to understand how the ... More

The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to understand how the nervous system allows us to learn, remember, and cope with changes in the environment. In grades 3-5, students start viewing the body as one whole system, as one whole organism. In the 6th grade and up, students should start to understand how organs and organ systems work together. For instance, the brain is part of the nervous system and works in conjunction with neurons (cells). The nervous system works with all other body systems, such as the musculoskeletal system. The activities in this lesson introduce the nervous system, both in parts and as a whole. By learning about the whole system, students will understand that the brain, spinal cord, and nerve cells are at the root of all other body functions. Less

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Biology
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AAAS
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Developmental Neurobiology, Spring 2005
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Considers molecular control of neural specification, formation of neuronal connections, construction of ... More

Considers molecular control of neural specification, formation of neuronal connections, construction of neural systems, and the contributions of experience to shaping brain structure and function. Topics include: neural induction and pattern formation, cell lineage and fate determination, neuronal migration, axon guidance, synapse formation and stabilization, activity-dependent development and critical periods, development of behavior. Less

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Biology
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Nedivi, Elly
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Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition
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Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering ... More

Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering Psychology offers high school and college students, and teachers of psychology at all levels, an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. Stanford University professor and author Philip Zimbardo narrates as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body. Based on extensive investigation and authoritative scholarship, this introductory course in psychology features demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter. A video instructional series on introductory psychology for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs and coordinated books. Less

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Early Childhood Development
Psychology
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Annenberg Learner
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Draw Your Nervous System
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In this activity, learners work together to create a life-sized drawing of ... More

In this activity, learners work together to create a life-sized drawing of the human nervous system. In doing so, learners will discover more about how the brain uses neurons to send messages, and how it coordinates with the muscles in the body. This activity can be conducted outside using chalk on the sidewalk. Less

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Life Science
Psychology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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American Museum of Natural History
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Experimental Molecular Neurobiology, Fall 2006
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Designed for students without previous experience in techniques of cellular and molecular ... More

Designed for students without previous experience in techniques of cellular and molecular biology, this class teaches basic experimental techniques in cellular and molecular neurobiology. Experimental approaches covered include tissue culture of neuronal cell lines, dissection and culture of brain cells, DNA manipulation, synaptic protein analysis, immunocytochemistry, and fluorescent microscopy. Less

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Biology
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hayashi, Yasunori
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Gray Step
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In this activity, learners discover that it's difficult to distinguish between two ... More

In this activity, learners discover that it's difficult to distinguish between two different shades of gray when they aren't separated by a boundary. Learners will be surprised when two slightly different shades of the same color look different if there is a sharp boundary between them. But if the boundary is obscured, the two shades appear indistinguishable. Use this activity to help learners explore how the eye-brain system condenses information through a process called lateral inhibition. Less

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Chemistry
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Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Exploratorium
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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California Department of Education
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
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Grey Matters: Decisions - How Do We Animals Decide What To Do?
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We make thousands of decisions every day: where to go, what to ... More

We make thousands of decisions every day: where to go, what to do, when to do it. Join UCSD's William Kristan and discover how neurons, synapses, and chemical input play out in decision making. (57 minutes) Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
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UC San Diego
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UCTV Teacher's Pet
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Human Biology - Nervous System (Student's Edition)
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The Nervous System Student Edition book is one of ten volumes making ... More

The Nervous System Student Edition book is one of ten volumes making up the Human Biology curriculum, an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to the study of life science. Less

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Biology
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CK-12 Foundation
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Program in Human Biology, Stanford University
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Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
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Thought, learning, perception, reasoning, and language are all cognitive abilities powered by ... More

Thought, learning, perception, reasoning, and language are all cognitive abilities powered by the soft squishy gray stuff inside our skulls. After a quick-and-dirty introduction to neurons and the brain, we'll examine several aspects of human cognition and look at the neurophysiology that underlies them. We'll also discuss methods used to study these areas, read some current research, and navigate the wilds of the science library. Less

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Biology
Psychology
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M.I.T.
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MIT Highlights for High School
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Abby Noyce
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The Model Neuron
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In this activity, learners create a model of a neuron by using ... More

In this activity, learners create a model of a neuron by using colored clay or play dough. Learners use diagrams to build the model and then label the parts on a piece of paper. This resource guide includes extension ideas like using fruit or candy instead of clay. See the "Modeling the Nervous System" page for a recipe for play dough. Less

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Psychology
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Neuroscience for Kids
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Eric Chudler Ph.D.
Eric H. Chudler
University of Washington
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