Week Two: Frontal Lobes @ Fort

Post written by Rosie Salice, one of the NW Noggin undergraduate teaching leads at Fort Vancouver…

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We focused on neurons and synapses in our second week at Fort Vancouver High School, introducing nine separate classes to the “classical” neurotransmitters, and their roles in alertness, movement, motivation, and aspects of cognition…

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Students were very curious about neurotransmitters, and how disruptions in release and activity relate to various disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and anxiety…

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Students in half our classrooms had the opportunity to examine real brains this week  –  their classmates had hefted cerebrums the week before.  The other half sculpted brains of their own out of clay…

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In both situations, there was plenty of time for students to ask questions about the nervous system…

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We look forward to returning to Fort for Week Three!

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