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This 3-minute animated tutorial explains the structure of neurons, the action potential process, saltatory conduction along an axon, movement of signals across synapses, and the mechanism in which the cell membrane opens or closes gated channels to propagate or shut down the firing of a neuron. The Gabay Medical Library was developed to support lower-level undergraduate students, particularly those seeking an RN degree, in understanding the cross-disciplinary nature of biology, anatomy, physics, and chemistry.
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Structure and Properties of Matter (PS1.A)
  • The structure and interactions of matter at the bulk scale are determined by electrical forces within and between atoms. (9-12)
Types of Interactions (PS2.B)
  • Attraction and repulsion between electric charges at the atomic scale explain the structure, properties, and transformations of matter, as well as the contact forces between material objects. (9-12)
Structure and Function (LS1.A)
  • 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)
Structure and Function (K-12)
  • 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)
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Gabay Medical Library, (2008), WWW Document, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF0EMT8TR2M).
Gabay Medical Library, Nerve Synapse: Gabay Medical Library, (2008), <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF0EMT8TR2M>.
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Gabay Medical Library. (2008, November 18). Nerve Synapse: Gabay Medical Library. Retrieved October 15, 2021, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF0EMT8TR2M
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Gabay Medical Library. Nerve Synapse: Gabay Medical Library. November 18, 2008. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF0EMT8TR2M (accessed 15 October 2021).
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