• Describe the structure of a neuron and explain neural impulses.
  • Describe neuron communication and discuss the impact of neurotransmitters.
  • Classify and explain major divisions of the nervous system.
  • Describe the functions of the brain structures (thalamus, cerebellum, limbic system, etc.).
  • Identify the four lobes of the cerebral cortex and their functions.
  • Discuss the association areas.
  • Explain the split-brain studies.
  • Describe the nature of the endocrine system and its interaction with the nervous system.

Essential Questions:
  • How do biological processes relate to behavior?
  • How do the biological processes work to create and sustain behavior?
  • How does damage to a biological process or part affect behavior?

Key Terms and Key People:

NEW: The Brain with David Eagleman on PBS

The Structure of the Neuron

Interactive Action Potential

An Action Potential animated cartoon

Synapses and Neurotransmitters

Brain Facts

The Split Brain Experiments

Ted Talk: 3 Clues to Understanding Your Brain

Ted Talk: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

NPR's Teenage Brains are Malleable and Vulnerable

National Geographic: The Brain

PBS: The Secret Life of the Brain

Lobes of the Brain

Crash Course: The Chemical Mind

Crash Course: Getting to Know Your Brain