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Altered Reality

The human brain is highly adaptable. This activity demonstrates how the brain adapts to a new situation. Students investigate learning to toss beanbags at a target while wearing prism goggles.

Students collect and interpret data and then have an opportunity to design additional experiments.

Bead Neuron

Students will make bead neurons and use them as models to understand the specialized cellular structure and function of neurons and how neurons communicate with each other.

Taking the time to construct a bead neuron gives students the chance to think about the anatomy and function of this structure. Using different color beads to represent the various parts (cell body, axon, dendrite, nerve terminal, etc.) may help students to identify each part more easity during discussion.

Recency and Primacy Effects

The order in which information is learned determines how reliably it will be recalled. The first item in a list is initially distinguished from previous activities as important (primacy effect) and may be transferred to long-term memory by the time of recall. Items at the end of the list are still in short-term memory (recency effect) at the time of recall.

Students learn about short- and long-term memory by conducting an experiment where they try to remember a list of 20 words.

Brain Zoo

In this lesson, students observe external brain anatomy to make inferences about the needs of various animals and to identify the types of brains in the Brain Zoo.

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