What Happens When You Remove the Hippocampus?

Imagine not being able to remember what day it is or what food you had for breakfast this morning. This nightmare was a reality for Henry Molaison, whose life story is the focus of this video explaining how different parts of the brain are responsible for creating and recalling short-term and long-term memories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this video in a psychology lesson series on memory or the anatomy of the human brain
  • Use this video to introduce a project in which students research and give presentations on the different parts of the brain
  • Assign the video and assessment questions as homework, having a whole group discussion during the following class period
Pros

  • Information is presented as a fun animation that will engage the class
  • Video uses diagrams to support students with learning about the anatomy of the brain
  • Resource allows teachers to create customized lessons based on the video
Cons

  • None
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