Reflection: Unit Planning Adrenaline's Physiological Plight: To Take Flight or Fight! - Section 3: Explore


    In this lesson, students explore a chemical agonist of the nervous system that is not by definition or criteria, a neurotransmitter. This can create dissonance in the minds of your students if they are not given the opportunity to explore its tie to the nervous system. However, when students engage in the lab, they learn that two hormones contribute to the physiological affects experienced in the fight or flight reaction, a response that requires the introduction of true neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Said conflict can present a great opportunity for students to revisit previous lessons to enhance this experience and engage in a discussion which focuses on homeostasis of the nervous system using varied chemical stimulants.  This too makes this lesson in general conducive to its placement in this unit as it provides time to reflect on their learning experiences throughout and defend the need for adrenaline to be presented with neurotransmitters such as those that preceded this lesson. 

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Adrenaline's Physiological Plight: To Take Flight or Fight!

Unit 6: Neurotransmitter Chemistry and Mechanism of Action!
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: Students will analyze and interpret data from a flight or fight response model to predict a chemical and physiological response in teenagers.

Big Idea: Adrenaline is a nervous system agonist that can prepare the human body for both predictable and unpredictable physical responses.

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