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Science Sampler: Modeling the effects of drugs on the brain

by: Georgia Brier and Linda Dahlberg

The following activity teaches students about the neurobiological consequences of drug use on their brains and behavior. Students make clay models that allow them to visualize how drugs affect neural communication. If you’re concerned that this activity may be too advanced, studies have shown that even third-grade students with some knowledge of the circulatory and nervous systems are able to comprehend the effects of drugs on the body and behavior (Sigelman et al., 2003). This activity aligns with the AAAS science benchmarks on human organisms, cells, model making, and personal health.


Middle School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2007Stock # ss07_031_03_58Volume 031Issue 03

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