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Meet Your Master - Getting to Know Your Brain: Crash Course Psychology #4

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Meet Your Master - Getting to Know Your Brain: Crash Course Psychology #4


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In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, we get to meet the brain. Hank talks us through the Central Nervous System, the ancestral structures of the brain, the limbic system, and new structures of the brain. Plus, what does Phineas Gage have to do with all of this?

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Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9-12
3 ) Explain how processes of the central and peripheral nervous systems underlie behavior and mental processes, including how neurons are the basis for neural communication.

•  Describing how neurons communicate, including the role of neurotransmitters in behavior and the electrochemical process
•  Comparing the effect of drugs and toxins on the brain and neurotransmitters
•  Describing how different sections of the brain have specialized yet interdependent functions, including functions of different lobes and hemispheres of the cerebral cortex and consequences of damage to specific sections of the brain
•  Describing different technologies used to study the brain and nervous system
•  Analyzing behavior genetics for its contribution to the understanding of behavior and mental processes, including differentiating between deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), chromosomes, and genes; identifying effects of chromosomal abnormalities; and explaining how genetics and environmental factors work together to determine inherited traits
Unpacked Content
Strand: Elective
Course Title: Psychology
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Identify and differentiate among the different types of nervous systems in mammals.
  • Describe how neurons communicate electrochemically.
  • Identify the ways in which drugs alter the electrochemical communication system of the nervous system.
  • Explain how brain function in different regions is differentiated but interdependent.
  • Differentiate among the types of scans used to study the brain and nervous systems.
  • Analyze the influence of genetics and the environment on behavior and mental processes.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • central nervous system
  • peripheral nervous system
  • autonomic nervous system
  • skeletal (somatic) nervous system
  • sympathetic nervous system
  • parasympathetic nervous system
  • neuron
  • dendrites
  • axon
  • semipermeable
  • ion
  • resting potential
  • action potential
  • sodium-potassium pump
  • myelin
  • terminal buttons
  • all-or-none law
  • thresholds
  • refractory period
  • neurotransmitters
  • serotonin
  • dopamine
  • acetylcholine
  • GABA
  • glutamate
  • endorphins
  • reuptake
  • synapse
  • medulla
  • pons
  • reticular formation
  • thalamus
  • hypothalamus
  • hippocampus
  • amygdala
  • frontal lobe
  • parietal lobe
  • occipital lobe
  • temporal lobe
  • corpus callosum
  • motor cortex
  • sensory cortex
  • Broca's area
  • Wernicke's area
  • right visual field
  • left visual field
  • epilepsy
  • hemisphere lateralization
  • DNA
  • genes
  • chromosomes
  • identical twins
  • fraternal twins
  • adoption studies
  • EEG
  • PET scan
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • fMRI
Students know:
  • The basic anatomy of the nervous systems.
  • Basic processes in chemistry, including diffusion and ion exchange.
  • The basic concepts of genetics, including genes, DNA, and chromosomes.
Students are able to:
  • Summarize complex biological processes into simpler but still accurate terms.
  • Determine the meaning of key terms and concepts from biopsychology.
  • Synthesize information from a range of sources about biological processes to describe complex behavior and mental processes coherently.
Students understand that:
  • The nervous system has a specific organization and function.
  • Drugs affect the communication of the nervous systems.
  • Neurons communicate electrochemically.
  • The brain is organized by structure and function.
  • There are many ways in which researchers study the brain and nervous systems.
  • Hemispheric lateralization works in split and whole brains.
  • Behavior and mental processes are influenced by genetics and environmental factors.
Tags: brain, central nervous system, limbic system, structures of the brain
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Author: Ginger Boyd