Dendritic Spines Lab

This is your brain on drugs ... literally! Your neuroscientists-in-training examine the evidence of drug use on the human brain and how neurons change their connectivity when altered by drugs. They then work together to create testing methods and form hypotheses. The lab guide includes an easy-to-follow structure and all printable materials.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Copy images of dendrites with as much detail as possible; consider laminating the images to make them durable and reusable
  • Assign pre-lab research on morphine and related drugs to provide a clearer picture of the chemistry involved
Classroom Considerations

  • Conduct a review of neurons and synaptic activity to ensure success within your lab groups
 
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Pros

  • The subject matter is engaging and relevant to a highly publicized topic
  • The lab includes all the materials required to execute a successful thought experiment
Cons

  • The links provided in the Extensions section do not work