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A growing body of literature demonstrates the benefits to students when they are involved in active, engaged classes. This volume contains suggestions for implementing activities in biopsychology or neuroscience courses with the goals of engaging students and improving their learning. This ebook contains 15 instructor-vetted activities, organized by sections related to neuroanatomy, the neuron, reproductive behavior and neuroendocrinology, nervous system phenomena and skill development (including oral presentations, literature review and experimental methods in a neuroscience context). Each activity is described in detail and includes alignment with APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major. The activities include an introduction from the author, learning objectives and assessment, and step-by-step instructions. Many activities also include handouts and worksheets that can be used or adapted. 

ISBN: 978-1-941804-38-4   

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Thoughts from an Active Neuroscience Classroom
Stephanie L. Simon-Dack 10
Section 1: Neuroanatomy 13
1. Using Active Learning to Teach Neuroanatomy: The Jigsaw Classroom
Amanda M. Maynard & Sarah M. Uzelac 13
2. Hypothesis Testing Using a Video of Language Neuroimaging
Jeffrey J. Sable 23
3. Get Out of My Face! Amygdala Activation During Personal Space Violation
Patricia K. Prunty 28
4. The Brain Game and Neuroanatomy Notes
Linda Walsh 31
Section 2: The Neuron 41
5. The Quad Is A Neuron: An Outdoor Demonstration of PSP Properties
Jeffrey J. Sable 41
6. Night Club and Bouncer Analogy for Teaching About Ionic Movements
Patricia K. Prunty 46
7. Addressing A Misconception: A Model To Teach Synaptic Transmission
Brady Nichols 50
Section 3: Reproductive Behavior and Neuroendocrinology 55
8. Cases at the Sexuality Clinic: Advising New Parents
Linda Walsh 55
9. The Testosterone Show
Linda Walsh 62
Section 4: Nervous System Phenomena 68
10. Freezer Neglect
Echo Leaver 68
11. Change Blindness
Echo Leaver 74
12. Demonstrating Susceptibility to the Placebo Effect
Brian Piper 79
Section 5: Skill Development 87
13. The Five-Minute Factoid: An Oral Presentation Activity
Merry Sleigh 87
14. Collaborative Journal Article Review
Leighann Chaffee 92
15. Experiential Learning in the Experimental Method: Examining Hick's Law
Shane T. Mueller 98


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We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion: 

Birkett, M. (2015). Teaching Neuroscience: Practical activities for an engaged classroom. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Individual chapters may be referenced in this fashion:

Walsh, L. (2015). The brain game and neuroanatomy notes. In M. Birkett (Ed.). Teaching Neuroscience: Practical activities for an engaged classroom. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

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