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It Takes a Lot of Nerve

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


Author(s)

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 Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Discussion

Language

English

Subject Headings

Physiology  |   Biology (General)  |   Neuroscience  |  


Date Posted

03/29/02

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