Lesson 8: How can animal models reflect the effects of drugs on the nervous system?
This lesson is part of the unit:
Students explore multiple levels of drug action on the nervous system by looking at different measures: behavioral effects, system-level brain activation, and neuron activity and morphological changes. In addition to learning about the multiple levels of the effects of drugs on the brain, students examine how these effects are similar and different in humans, rats, and planarians. Discussions address why scientists use animal models in the study of drugs, including the benefits and the limitations. Students answer the driving question: How can animal models reflect the effects of drugs at the behavioral, system, and cellular levels?