University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lesson 6: How do neurons communicate?

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Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students continue to look at how drugs “change our minds” by investigating how drug actions affect the neuron structure, particularly the different components of the neuron.  The students first design a “newron” of a fictional organism, to begin developing an understanding of the functions of an actual neuron.  Next, the students investigate how neurons communicate via the generation of an action potential, and how drugs can affect the action potential.  Finally, students revisit their models of the nervous system they illustrated in Lesson 5 to add more details as to how the nervous system operates within the context of how drugs affect the cells of the nervous system.

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Sep 11, 2014

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