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It Takes a Lot of Nerve

A Two-Level Case Study Design to Teach the Physiology of the Nervous System



Co Authors:

Tangi Mitchell
Biological Sciences
Central Connecticut State University

Cheryl L. Watson
Biological Sciences
Central Connecticut State University
watsonc@ccsu.edu

Abstract:

In this two-part case study on the nervous system, students learn about neural pathways. The case scenarios are drawn from real life and require students to explain the physiological mechanisms at work. The first scenario is designed for freshmen level students while the second is for senior biology majors and graduate students.

Objectives:
  • Demonstrate that neural pathways are linear and traceable.
  • Enumerate some of the neural pathways involved in balance.
Keywords: Nervous system; neuron; sensory receptor; neural pathway; effector pathway; spinocerebellar tract; vestibulospinal tract; corticospinal tract; reflex; spinal cord
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion
Language: English
Subject Headings: Physiology   Biology (General)   Neuroscience  
Date Posted: 03/29/02
Date Modified: N/A
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