This is an online laboratory investigation that will allow you the opportunity to scan through various websites that relate to the human body and its systems. Additionally, you will have the chance to do a series of interactive experiments regarding some of your senses. During your investigation of the various sites you will find a number of exercises and experiments that can be used as is or modified for your own classroom use. Finally, this lab investigation should provide an opportunity to have a little fun and learn a few things at the same time.
1. The first site you will want to visit is the Life and Death of a Neuron. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/brain_basics/ninds_neuron.htm#introduction
2. Next you will go to Get Body Smart
There are a number of systems you can visit. At the very least read
through the Nervous System and the Circulatory System.
3. Next comes the interactive fun parts. Go to Neuroscience for Kids
After being amazed at all the possibilities that exist, go to the left hand
column and click on Experiment. Next click on the section that says
Brain Games. Play the following games:
a. Colors, Colors
b. Try a Brain Jigsaw Puzzle
c. Go to the Online Response Time Experiments. Do
i. Experiment 2 - Stoplight Test
ii. Experiment 3 – Hit the Spot
iii. Experiment 5 – Check Box Test
d. Online short Term Memory Game
e. Face Recognition Game
f. Check out the Brain Jokes
4. Click back to the previous page. If you are not sure, simply click on the
word experiment in the left hand column. Go to the section entitled
The Senses. Go to the page and click on the section about Vision. Do
the following exercises:
a. The Blind Spot
b. Depth Perception I & II
c. Shifting Backgrounds, Shifting Images
d. Go to Visual Illusion and Click on the Kids Gallery. Do both sets
of Illusions. Look at the rest of the visual illusions.
5. Go back to The Senses and visit some of the other areas. It is not
necessary to do any of the other experiments or activities unless you
Answers shall be typed or word processed. All sentences will be
grammatically correct and all words properly spelled.
1. Define the following terms. Provide examples for each.
2. How do drugs affect the nervous system?
3. Specifically, how do the following chemicals affect the nervous system?
4. Is an anesthetic a stimulant or a depressant ? Explain.
5. How does the sympathetic nervous system react during times of stress?
Match the part of the brain or nervous system related to the activities.
Controls many internal functions during stress ___________________________
In control of the body at rest ___________________________
Sends sensory signals to the cerebrum ___________________________
Controls breathing and heart rate ___________________________
Controls memory, language and the senses ___________________________
Controls balance, posture, coordination ___________________________