Core Concepts to Cover:

  1. Overview of the nervous system
  2. Brain structures
  3. Cerebral cortex and lobes of the brain
  4. Overview of the endocrine system
  5. Overview of genetics and evolution

Core Vocabulary to Cover:

autonomic nervous system
central nervous system
peripheral nervous system
somatic nervous system
sympathetic nervous system
parasympathetic nervous system

neuron
cell body
synapse
axon
dendrites
glial cells
myelin sheath
neurotransmitters
limbic system
neuroplasticity
gene
chromosome

amygdala
brain stem
cerebellum
medulla
pons
cerebral cortex
corpus callosum
hypothalamus
frontal lobe
parietal lobe
temporal lobe
occipital lobe

Core Concepts to Cover:

  1. What is consciousness?
  2. Sleep stages and circadian rhythms
  3. Theories of sleep; overview of sleep phenomena; and sleep disorders
  4. Theories of the purpose of dreams
  5. Overview of different classes of drugs that effect consciousness
  6. Difference between other altered states: Daydreams, fantasies, hallucinations, and meditation
  7. Hypnosis as a valid form of science

Core Vocabulary to Cover:

alternate states of consciousness
rapid-eye movement
repair-restoration theory
evolutionary theory

insomnia
sleep apnea
narcolepsy
nightmares
night terrors

depressants
stimulants
opiates
hallucinogens
addiction
tolerance
dependence
withdrawal

Movies That Teach About Biological Bases

Last modified on April 17, 2020