Reflection: Flexibility Of Love and Addiction: Understanding Dopamine's Physiological Impact! - Section 1: Introduction


      Students took a strong liking to this lesson for a variety of reasons. They showed a positive response and piqued on discussion after I presented the videos, enjoyed accumulating and analyzing data in the lab portion and took a strong interest in discussing the stimulation of the reward pathway with dissimilar chemicals (drugs versus sugar). I recommend that teachers remain flexible and allow the progression of conversation and interests to drive the lesson as it is a powerful teaching and learning tool. And while it is predicted that these conversations would create unrelated or lengthy tangents, amazingly, it is easy to redirect students' energies to the next section of the lesson seamlessly (With the right transitions of course. eg. great point....allow me to show you how that works.)

  For the Love of Dopamine!
  Flexibility: For the Love of Dopamine!
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Of Love and Addiction: Understanding Dopamine's Physiological Impact!

Unit 6: Neurotransmitter Chemistry and Mechanism of Action!
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: Students will interpret data from an addiction model to explain how dopamine functions in the human brain.

Big Idea: Dopamine is the "rewarding" agent of the brain that can lead to both repetitive positive and negative behaviors.

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