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Good Morning Talia!
This worksheet looks at the role the nervous system plays in our everyday movements and actions. We will follow Talia in the morning and as she prepares for her day. The assignment is design to help students identify the neurological processes that take place to make this possible.
Step 1 ? Talia sleeps very soundly and it looks like nothing is going on. However, there are changes going on. Describe what the changes are, the forms of sleep and how scientists measure the changes that occur during sleep.
Step 2 ? She wakes up by voluntarily stretching her muscles and opening her eyes. What function does the cerebellum play in these physical actions?
Step 3 ? As she walks to the bathroom, she stubs her big toe on a pile of books. What happens next and what part of the nervous system is responsible?
Step 4 ? It is time for breakfast. Her room mate is making coffee. The aroma fills the apartment and she quickly gets dressed. Explain what chemical sense was activated and what neurological process(es) are taking place.
Step 5 ? Talia is studying for a quiz in her afternoon class. This is new material for her and she has written down all the facts and is trying to memorize them. Describe the brain ar
eas involved and the changes that are thought to occur. ( Hint: synapse)
Step 6 ? We have learned about the some brain areas and neurological processes involved in common activities. Prepare a question about a commonly performed behavior and include the answer identifying the area of the nervous system that is activated and allows it to take place.