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The Integrated Brain
Module B Lesson 1 Tutorial
Created by: Professor Hokerson
American River College
Last Updated: Fall 2...
Using this Tutorial
• Use the navigation buttons to advance through the slides.
• Complete each slide as instructed.
• Cli...
Table of Contents (TOC)
• Objectives
• Module B Objectives #10, 11, and 15
• Action Items
• Fun Facts
• Brain Localization...
MODULEB OBJECTIVES
By the end of this tutorial you will be able to…
#10– Summarize the research on juggling as it relates ...
ACTION ITEMS
Fun Facts About the Brain!
• Cool stuff! The brain is an amazing organ and although there
is much that we know about the b...
Brain Localization
• Definition: “the idea that particular brain areas are associated with
specific functions” (Hockenbury...
The Physical Brain
• Tip! Before you can understand how the brain works you must first know
where the different structures...
Neuroplasticity
• “the brain’s ability to change structure and function”
(Hockenbury, Nolan, & Hockenbury, 2015, p. 63)
• ...
Enriched Environments
• Read: Chapter 2 – Maximizing Your Brain’s Potential
(pages 79 – 81)
• Summarize: How was structura...
Brain Specialization
• Read: Chapter 2 – Specialization in the Cerebral Hemispheres
(pages 71 – 77)
• Hint: “Brain lateral...
Conclusions
• The brain has many parts to it!
• The cerebral cortex is organized into lobes.
• Below the cortex are many s...
MODULEB OBJECTIVES
After completing this tutorial you should be able to…
#10– Summarize the research on juggling as it rel...
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This tutorial corresponds with Module B Lesson 1 and should be used by students enrolled in my online Psyc 300 class at American River College.

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  1. 1. The Integrated Brain Module B Lesson 1 Tutorial Created by: Professor Hokerson American River College Last Updated: Fall 2015
  2. 2. Using this Tutorial • Use the navigation buttons to advance through the slides. • Complete each slide as instructed. • Click on hyperlinks when prompted. • Have fun and learn!
  3. 3. Table of Contents (TOC) • Objectives • Module B Objectives #10, 11, and 15 • Action Items • Fun Facts • Brain Localization • The Physical Brain • Neuroplasticity • Enriched Environments • Conclusions
  4. 4. MODULEB OBJECTIVES By the end of this tutorial you will be able to… #10– Summarize the research on juggling as it relates to functional and structural plasticity. #11 - Evaluate the research on neurogenesis. #15 - Explain how the brain is an integrated system, focusing on lateralization of function and split brain studies.
  5. 5. ACTION ITEMS
  6. 6. Fun Facts About the Brain! • Cool stuff! The brain is an amazing organ and although there is much that we know about the brain researchers continue to learn new things every day. According to Nursing Assistant Central… • Neurons develop at the rate of 250,000 neurons per minute during early pregnancy. • The capacity for such emotions as joy, happiness, fear, and shyness are already developed at birth. • Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body. • Excessive stress has shown to "alter brain cells, brain structure and brain function. • Question: What do you want to know about the brain? • Read: For more interesting facts about the brain click here!
  7. 7. Brain Localization • Definition: “the idea that particular brain areas are associated with specific functions” (Hockenbury, Nolan, & Hockenbury, 2015, p. 73) • Read: In Chapter 2 read and identified the localized functions in these structures and regions: • The Brainstem – pages 65 – 66 • The Forebrain – pages 67 – 71 THE BRAINSTEM THE FOREBRAIN Hindbrain Midbrain Cortex Limbic System Pons Cerebellum Reticular Formation Medulla Substantia Negra Corpus Callosum Frontal Lobe Temporal Lobe Parietal Lobe Occipital Lobe Hippocampus Thalamus Hypothalamus Amygdala
  8. 8. The Physical Brain • Tip! Before you can understand how the brain works you must first know where the different structures of the brain are located and their functions. You should definitely read the chapter but I also recommend using one of the other links below which provide visual rehearsal of the brain. • Watch and Listen: Structures of the Brain • Click and Read: Structures of the Brain • Activity: Complete Sections 1 – 3 of the Brain Worksheet.
  9. 9. Neuroplasticity • “the brain’s ability to change structure and function” (Hockenbury, Nolan, & Hockenbury, 2015, p. 63) • Structural Plasticity • More dendrites, more synaptic connections, size differences • Observable, physical differences in the brain • Functional Plasticity • Shifting function from one structure/region to another • Retraining the brain to recover lost function • Read: Chapter 2 – The Dynamic Brain and Juggling and Brain Plasticity (page 63)
  10. 10. Enriched Environments • Read: Chapter 2 – Maximizing Your Brain’s Potential (pages 79 – 81) • Summarize: How was structural plasticity evident in this study? • Activity: Complete Section 4 of the Brain Worksheet. Glial Cells Dendrites Neurons Synaptic Connection Neurogenesis
  11. 11. Brain Specialization • Read: Chapter 2 – Specialization in the Cerebral Hemispheres (pages 71 – 77) • Hint: “Brain lateralization” and “hemispheric specialization” are the same thing! Both address how specific functions have been found to be more active in specific structures and brain hemispheres. • Online Quiz: Are you more left or right brained? Take this free 10 minute test to find out! • Caution! Are our brains really more dominant on the left or right hemisphere? Read “The Truth About the Left Brain Right Brain Relationship” on Slate.com. • Activity: Complete Section 5 of the Brain Worksheet.
  12. 12. Conclusions • The brain has many parts to it! • The cerebral cortex is organized into lobes. • Below the cortex are many structures and systems. • Each structure or region is localized for function. • Damage to these parts can result in impairment. • However the brain is an integrated system! • These many parts communicate with each other to create our daily experiences!
  13. 13. MODULEB OBJECTIVES After completing this tutorial you should be able to… #10– Summarize the research on juggling as it relates to functional and structural plasticity. #11 - Evaluate the research on neurogenesis. #15 - Explain how the brain is an integrated system, focusing on lateralization of function and split brain studies.
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