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People don't come pre-assembled, but are glued together by life. And each time one of us is constructed, a different result occurs. One reason for this is that we all start out with different sets of genes; another is that we have different experiences. What's interesting about this formulation is not that nature and nurture both contribute to who we are, but that they actually speak the same language. They both ultimately achieve their mental and behavioral effects by shaping the synaptic organization of the brain. The particular patterns of synaptic connections in an individual's brain, and the information encoded by these connections, are the keys to who the person is.
Just how do genes affect individual behavior? In the simplest terms, they do so by making proteins that shape the way neurons get wired together.
Synaptic Self by Joseph LeDoux


  1. THE BRAIN
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  • Click on link to listen to some very interesting radio clips. We will be blogging on some of them

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  • We also have some very interesting video clips we will be blogging on. Click on the teenage brain to get to the brain video page.
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  • Strokes are some of the most common disorders affecting the brain. Click on picture below to get resources on strokes
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  • If you want to learn about sleep and dreams click on SLEEP
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  • TEST YOUR BRAIN by clicking on the link. Personality tests and more... What do you think?

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  • And you want to be my neurosurgeon ... (Seinfeld fans anyone?). Click on VIRTUAL BRAIN SURGERY to try your best.
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  • Check out some of this fascinating BRAIN READINGS. We will be discussing some of these in class
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  • Do you need to download any of the documents we use in class? Click on BRAIN HANDOUTS to get them


  • BRAIN DISSECTION
    Use the website link below for good brain dissection pictures
http://academic.scranton.edu/department/psych/sheep/ieframerow.html

Use the powerpoint below to practice for the ID test.


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2- NERVOUS SYSTEM PHYSIOLOGY


PLEASE WATCH THE TUTORIAL BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW TO USE THE ANIMATIONS




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3-SPINAL CORD