University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lesson 4: How does an estrogen affect a rat's mind?

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Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students are introduced to Maddy, a high school student interested in learning about neuroscience research in the lab of Professor Donna Korol, a behavioral neuroendocrinologist.  Students are asked to read background information on estrogen’s effects on the reproductive and nervous system and then read a transcript from Dr. Korol’s lab meeting led by her graduate student, Samantha.  Through this lab meeting, students learn about place-response learning experiments and develop a hypothesis relating how ovariectomized rats will learn, with and without estrogen treatment.  After collecting the data from video trials of treated and untreated rats, students graph their results and revisit their hypothesis to evaluate the accuracy of their hypothesis based on the evidence.

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Nov 10, 2014

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