University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lesson 3: How does adrenalin affect the body and the brain?

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Lesson Description:

Lesson 3 aims to explore the fight-or-flight response and how it relates to glucose availability in the body and the brain. Students reflect on personal adrenalin experiences to recognize how their heart rate, breathing, and memory change in this sympathetic state. Using their personal experiences and the information learned from Lessons 1 & 2, students construct a model to predict how the stress hormone adrenalin affects the body. Next, students proceed through a series of three checkpoints to test their model and make revisions as needed. Finally, students use their models to explain, communicate, predict, and test the effect an adrenal rush has on the endocrine system and the body as a whole.

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Oct 2, 2014

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