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This YouTube page contains links to 50+ short videos on fundamentals of the human nervous system. Topics include the spinal cord, action potential in neurons, membrane potential and transport, neuroplasticity, mechanisms of drug and alcohol addiction, mechanisms of diseases affecting the brain, synapses, effects of exercise on the brain, blood-brain barrier, reflexes, sensory perception, language pathways in the brain, physiology of pain, and more. The collection was developed for use in lower-level undergraduate courses in anatomy, biology, microbiology, and physics for life science majors. The videos can be easily adapted for use in high school courses as well.
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action potential, anatomy, membrane potential, membrane transport, nerve signal, sense receptors
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Next Generation Science Standards

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes (HS-LS1)

Students who demonstrate understanding can: (9-12)
  • Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. (HS-LS1-2)

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Structure and Function (LS1.A)
  • Systems of specialized cells within organisms help them perform the essential functions of life. (9-12)
  • Multicellular organisms have a hierarchical structural organization, in which any one system is made up of numerous parts and is itself a component of the next level. (9-12)
  • Feedback mechanisms maintain a living system's internal conditions within certain limits and mediate behaviors, allowing it to remain alive and functional even as external conditions change within some range. Feedback mechanisms can encourage (through positive feedback) or discourage (negative feedback) what is going on inside the living system. (9-12)
Information Processing (LS1.D)
  • Each sense receptor responds to different inputs (electromagnetic, mechanical, chemical), transmitting them as signals that travel along nerve cells to the brain. The signals are then processed in the brain, resulting in immediate behaviors or memories. (6-8)

Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)

Cause and Effect (K-12)
  • Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system. (9-12)
Systems and System Models (K-12)
  • When investigating or describing a system, the boundaries and initial conditions of the system need to be defined and their inputs and outputs analyzed and described using models. (9-12)
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  • The functions and properties of natural and designed objects and systems can be inferred from their overall structure, the way their components are shaped and used, and the molecular substructures of its various materials. (9-12)
Stability and Change (2-12)
  • Feedback (negative or positive) can stabilize or destabilize a system. (9-12)
Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World (2-12)
  • Science knowledge indicates what can happen in natural systems—not what should happen. The latter involves ethics, values, and human decisions about the use of knowledge. (9-12)
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  • Science assumes the universe is a vast single system in which basic laws are consistent. (9-12)
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Alila Medical Media, (2015), WWW Document, (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIs8ZcKXHUx4C9zjinQ8NY0JetieXFl0).
Alila Medical Media, Alila Medical Media Videos: Overview of Nervous System, (2015), <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIs8ZcKXHUx4C9zjinQ8NY0JetieXFl0>.
APA Format
Alila Medical Media. (2015, January 31). Alila Medical Media Videos: Overview of Nervous System. Retrieved October 15, 2021, from https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIs8ZcKXHUx4C9zjinQ8NY0JetieXFl0
Chicago Format
Alila Medical Media. Alila Medical Media Videos: Overview of Nervous System. January 31, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIs8ZcKXHUx4C9zjinQ8NY0JetieXFl0 (accessed 15 October 2021).
MLA Format
Alila Medical Media. Alila Medical Media Videos: Overview of Nervous System. 2015. 31 Jan. 2015. 15 Oct. 2021 <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIs8ZcKXHUx4C9zjinQ8NY0JetieXFl0>.
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