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Below is a sample breakdown of the Biological Bases of Behavior chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Biological psychology introduction||Biopsychologists, nervous system, endocrine system, behavioral neuroscientists|
|Tuesday||Neurons and neurotransmitters||Dendrites, axon, neurons, action potential, neurotransmitters, myelin sheath, synaptic gap|
|Wednesday||The nervous system||Spinal cord, reflex, central nervous system, motor neurons, peripheral nervous system|
|Thursday||The brain and neuroplasticity||Brainstem, thalamus, reticular formation, cerebellum, hypothalamus, amygdala, pituitary gland, Phineas Gage, Broca's aphasia, neuroplasticity|
|Friday||The endocrine system||Thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, adrenaline, mood, decision making|
1. Intro to Biological Psychology
What are the biological factors that affect our behavior? In this lesson, you'll take a look at biological psychology, which looks at the interplay between biological processes and mental states.
What are the parts of a neuron? You'll watch Neuron Garciaparra work up a sweat as he throws baseballs to demonstrate the structures and functions of the billions of neurons that reside in your body.
How do our bodies communicate with our brains and vice versa? In this video, you'll see how neurons and neurotransmitters can be likened to billions of tiny baseball players engaged in a non-stop game of catch.
4. Nervous System
What happens in your nervous system when you react to stimuli? Did you know that the brain is sometimes uninvolved with reflexes? Find out the answer to these questions, and more, in this lesson on the human nervous system.
5. Parts of the Brain
Is there a way to easily remember the many parts of the brain? Don't be afraid of all these complex terms; this lesson outlines some easy and fun phrases to help you memorize the brain's anatomy. Let's take a look.
Is your brain preprogrammed and unchangeable or adaptive and malleable? As you watch this video, you'll explore how the brain, a more resilient and resourceful machine than any computer, responds to damage and new experiences.
7. Endocrine System
Our hormones play a big part in how we feel and behave throughout the day. Hormones also affect important bodily functions. What other functions do our hormones regulate? Find out in this lesson on the endocrine system!
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