Neuroscience Cord Level Diagnosis Practical

You will have a practical examination on your ability to differentiate and diagnose problems at the following spinal cord levels: C-5, C-6, C-7, C-8, T-1, L-4, L-5, S-1.  You must know how to test the muscle, dermatome and reflex associated with each cord level as instructed in class. (note that some cord levels do not have an associated reflex)  You will actually perform these tests on a patient (me) and be graded on both your knowledge and ability to perform muscle, sensory and reflex testing.  You will also be questioned on the scales used to grade muscles and reflexes.  Testing will take place on December 11, 12, and 13 – you will signup for a particular time slot on a sheet posted in the classroom.

Neuroscience Podcast 1

Your task is to create a podcast on a current event in neuroscience.   The podcast must be between 55 and 65 seconds long. (no shorter, no longer)  Quality is paramount in this podcast.  Make sure the sound quality is excellent and that you have edited out any extraneous noise, retakes etc…  You may have music in parts of the background but be sure to obey copyright rules (only short snippets of a song).  Be sure to say your name, the podcast name (Science Snapshot), and attribute your source.  Also be sure to present the information in your own words.  Do NOT read an article to me or even plagiarize parts of the article – turn it into your own words or be clear that you are quoting a specific line.

Email me the file to my cswfleetwood email address given in class.  Do not send it to my charterschool email.  Include your source citation in the email (in APA format).  It must be an mp3 file.  Be sure to name the file using your name (lastname_firstname_period) or you may not get credit. (e.g. smith_john_G.mp3)

One free program to edit audio is called Audacity.  If you are using Audacity, you can follow these instructions to get the Lame encoder to be able to export as an mp3.

If you need help, come see me during an activity period.  No excuses related to technical issues.

One online way to create a podcast is to use Aviary – you can read more at the following website:

Due: Tuesday, 10/30/12, 7:35am – this means it is due before school starts that day!  I must receive it at my cswfleetwood email address on or before that time.

Chapter 11 Reading and Questions

Use your textbook to complete the reading and questions I assigned in class, which I have summarized below.

1.  Read chapter 11 – there is a lot of good information in this chapter about how nerves work.  Give particular concentration to the items below.

  • Know table 11.1 on pages 371-372
  • Know the pictures on pages 379 & 385.
  • Know table 11.2 on page 387.
  • Know the neurotransmitter information in table 11.3 on pages 392-393
  • Know figure 11.22 regarding second messengers
  • Read the “Closer Look” on page 396-397 and answer the questions below.
    • How can the “wisdom of the body” and the way it responds to neurotransmitter like chemicals be related to antibiotic use/overuse?
    • Why is cocaine addictive? (How does it work?)
    • What is crack?
    • Can you see any problems with treating someone with Manzindol?
    • How does an overdose of Heroin kill?
    • Can you experience constant pleasure (for years), physiologically and psychologically?  Why or why not?

2.  Read pages 456-461 (in chapter 13) and take notes on the sensory receptors.

  • Know table 13.1 on page 459.

3.  Complete the study guide pages given in class.

4.  Answer the following Chapter 11 Review questions: MC #1,3,5,6,10,11;  SA #1,15,16,17,18,19,20,21; CA #1,2,3,4

This is due on Friday, October 12, 2012

How Drugs Affect Neurons and the Brain

Go to my neuroscience wiki page on drugs located here:

Complete the “lesson” links to learn how a neuron works, what happens at the synapse and how drugs affect this.  As an added bonus, the “Mouse Party” activity is pretty funny 🙂

Use this site to create a table with the following information: drug name, method of intake, how the drug affects the neurons in the brain.  For example…  Cocaine, snort, inject or smoke, blocks dopamine reuptake receptors thus prolonging the effect of dopamine. (but yours will be in a nice, neat table format)