Hbs 2.1.3 Map a Brain

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The brain is a truly amazing organ. But while there is a good deal we know about the way it functions, there is still much that is unknown. Neuroscientists have the daunting task of trying to decipher how this one structure can control every aspect of our lives. Over the years, scientists have worked tirelessly to uncover the mystery of the human brain. They have studied the external features of the head, the internal structures of the brain and the effect of injuries on this organ to understand how this one organ is able to control the functioning of every human system.

In this activity, you will explore the case of Phineas Gage, a young man who, in the 1800’s, suffered a horrific brain injury and simply walked away. He recovered and went on to live many more years, but his friends and co-workers said he was never the same. Physical wounds healed, but internal damage changed the personality of the man they all knew. His case will introduce you to the way our brain works and to the way in which specific areas of the brain control different parts of our personality and our ability to function. You will also explore the history of mapping the function of the human brain, from early methods based purely on observation to current methods using high-tech scans and measurements.

In Activity 2.1.2, you built a brain on your Maniken® and explored the primary functions of key brain regions. In this project, you will investigate the parts of the brain that control specific abilities, such as musical talent and sense of taste, and create a map of your findings on an elastic swim (bathing) cap. Just as a street map directs people around a city and provides a description of key sights, your brain map will display key structures as well as a visual…...

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