The Brain: Memory

The brain is such a complex organ that it is still very much a mystery, even to neurophysiologists. However, the mechanism of memory is beginning to be understood. This program uses computer graphics to show in visual detail the process the brain undertakes for short term memory, and explains how damage to the brain can interrupt that process.

After watching this program test your students' memories in this fun way. Have your students turn their desks around to the back of the room. Prepare a short oral quiz that tests students' recall of objects or signs in the front of the room. For example, "Where is the fire exit sign? What color is the sign? Where is the flag in the room? What color is my shirt? What does it say on the board? etc." After checking their answers discuss why they performed as they did.

This program meets the following Benchmarks for Science Literacy from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Project 2061: The Human Organism: 6C Basic Functions Grade 6 through 8 - Interactions among the senses, nerves, and brain make possible the learning that enables human beings to cope with changes in their environment. Grade 9 through 12 - The nervous system works by electrochemical signals in the nerves and from one nerve to the next. Communication between cells is required to coordinate their diverse activities. Along nerve cells, electrical impulses carry information much more rapidly than is possible by diffusion or blood flow.

Related Links:

Mind Maps for memorization
http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html (outside link -- use browser back button to return)
An indepth Tour of the Brain. View real life images of the human brain. Wait about 5 seconds to advance to the index page automatically.

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