Posts Tagged ‘brain’

The human brain

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

my brains - let me show you them by Liz Henry on flickr

Here is a useful presentation we will use in class.

  1. Label a diagram of the brain.  Annotate the diagram to include functions of the parts.
  2. Explain how animal experiments, lesions and FMRI scanning can be used to identify the brain part involved in specific functions.
  3. Explain sympathetic and parasympathetic control of heart rate, movement of the iris and blood flow to the gut.
  4. Explain the pupil reflex and discuss the concept of brain death and the use of the pupil reflex in testing for this.
  5. Outline how pain is perceived and how endorphins can act as painkillers.

Nervous system

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Neurons in the brain - illustration by Rebecca-Lee on flickr

Some of the questions we’ll be tackling in the next section of the syllabus (6.5) are:

Do you know what the CNS and PNS are?

Can you explain what role receptorssensory neurons, relay neurons,motor neurons and effectors play in conducting nerve impulses?

Can you draw and label a diagram of a motor neuron?

Can you define resting and action potentials?

Can you explain how nerve impulses pass along a neuron?

Can you explain how impulses travel from one neuron to the next?

Read through your textbook pages 240-246 to get a head start on this unit 🙂

And once again, a great presentation from Mr Stephen Taylor in Bandung to help you learn this stuff!

In class we will use this presentation – Nervous System

There are some useful animations here, and here that might help you visualize what’s happening.

Here is the lab we will do on reaction times:  Grade 12 IB HL Biology Reaction times lab

Optical illusions

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Check out lottolab.  Watch the TED video and then play around the site.  There are loads of optical illusions to keep you entertained.

And now get back to your mock revision….Friday 19th March is looming!

The human brain and pain

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
fMRI by nats on flickr

fMRI by nats on flickr

This next section, E5, is all about the human brain, brain function, fMRI, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, pupil reflex, brain death, and the perception of pain.  Phew!  That’s a lot of concepts. 

We’ll again use click4biology as a good resource, and this presentation from Mr Taylor in Bandung to help us get through it all.  Here are the key questions we need to answer:

  • What are the major parts of the human brain, and what are their functions?
  • How do animal experiments, lesions and fMRI scanning used in identifying which part of the brain is involved with specific functions?
  • How are heart rate, movements of the iris, and blood flow to the gut controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems?
  • What is the pupil reflex and how is it used to determine brain death?
  • How is pain perceived and how to endorphins help to alleviate it?

This is also a very useful set of notes, courtesy of Mr Hobbins. Topic E5 The Brain