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Students play a game that models the unknown potential for individual addiction, as well as some scientific inquiry processes. This lesson is based on information originally from the NIH curriculum The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology through the Study of Addiction.
Grade Level: 9-12
Lesson Length: 1 class period
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