Memory and Levels of Organization (lesson)
Students follow the routes different drivers in London and assess changes in their brain anatomy. Students then research the various levels of organization of G2C Online dealing with memory.
Memory Lanes begins with an activity for students to collect data regarding brain changes measured in different groups of drivers in London. This is based on a study where the brains of taxi drivers, bus drivers, and ordinary drivers were compared using MRI brain scans. The students select London landmarks and observe the paths the drivers take to get to their destination. Students are presented with brain images to compare the brains of the three types of drivers. In Part 2, the students are placed in groups to research the five different levels of organization related to memory on G2C Online. Each student in the group is responsible for a specific level and will use a combination of animations, videos of scientists, and articles from the website to collect information for their research. They will record their information then come together to answer questions regarding their research as well as make a presentation to their class.
brain anatomy, london landmarks, taxi drivers, brain changes, mri brain, brain images, memory lanes, bus drivers, memory, hippocampus
- ID: 1360
- Source: DNALC.G2C
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