Each of you will be assigned an article that focuses on research into neurotransmitters. You will either have "Biology: Your Brain in Love," or two articles on the same study title "A Little Help From Serotonin" and "Domination is linked to a chemical in the brain." All these are linked on my DP under "Serotonin Readings." If you were absent, pick one! Students need to:
Done? Nervous about your quiz on Monday?
Study for the quiz!
HOMEWORK: Study for the quiz on MONDAY!
What is a Neuron?
Each type of neurotransmission has its own set of pathways in the brain.
TED Talk: Our Brains Are Not Just a Bag of Chemicals
Phew! Okay, let’s talk about dopamine! We’re going to listen to a TED talk about dopamine. While you listen, I’d like you to jot down the following notes:
TED Talk is 15 minutes.
HOMEWORK: Study for brain quiz on MONDAY!
Students pair up, review homework from last night, ask me any questions about it.
Broca and Wernicke Lecture
Go through lecture on Broca and Wernicke. Lecture notes are linked on the docs page of this DP.
Quiz Guide: You will need to be able to...
What strategies would you use to study for each of these content areas? Brainstorm
Quiz on MONDAY. We will not have any more study time in class this week—we’re moving on to new topics on Thursday. If you feel like you need more help from me on any of these concepts, make an appointment for office hours- I'm available before school, during 1st period, and at lunch.
Brain Localization Video
Watch the video linked above about a very bizarre study of brain localization and memory. As you listen, look for answers to the following questions:
Split Brain Reading:
Now that you have the idea, we’re going to dig into the actual research behind these findings. Here’s a reading! As you read this, you should:
Finish reading and notes on "One Brain or Two?" reading. DUE: Start of class, Tuesday.
Brain Hemisphere Overview: What does each side of the brain do?
Which Hemisphere is Dominant
Students take the hemisphere test here, to determine which hemisphere is dominant
Split Brain Demo
Now, we’re going to demonstrate what happens if the Corpus Collosum is cut, and your hemispheres can’t communicate with one another! (Don't worry, we're not actually going to take a scalpel to your brain!)
Series of difficult tasks...
None! Enjoy your weekend.
Create Brain Map
Brain Study Time
What are the most effective ways to study this?
Review key takeaways from Phineas Gage case study.
Each pair will receive a specific brain structure to study. Students have all class today to gather and summarize this information. On Thursday, we will put it on a giant brain map, students will present the main points about their structure, and we'll spend a little time discussing study strategies. For their structure, they must determine:
Brain Structures (I will assign these during class)
Test Corrections: Due next THURSDAY at the start of class. Staple corrections to the original test. For each correction, must include:
Give Lori some Feedback: Research Methods Feedback Survey
Before we move to the corner for each statement, we’ll take a few minutes to write about yourinitial thoughts.
Biological Analysis Overview
History of Brain Science Lecture (PPT and video are linked on the docs page)
Test Corrections: Due next WEDNESDAY at the start of class. Staple corrections to the original test.For each correction, must include:
Take the Test!
You have the entire period to take the test. Good luck! After you turn in the test, you may spend any remaining time working on the short essay response. The short essay response must be shared or emailed to me before class is over today.
WOOO! Let's move on to the brain and all of its weirdness!
HOMEWORK: None. Enjoy your weekend!
Psych Science Discussion:
The goal of this discussion is to clarify the articles, to solidify your opinion, and ultimately to prepare you to write your short essay response to "Is psychology a science?". You will be in a group of 4-5 students. In your group, discuss the following questions:
Short Essay Writing Time: Is psychology a science?
You have the rest of class (about 30 minutes) to outline and write your short essay response to the question above. A few quick tips:
Study for the TEST tomorrow!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.