TAPP Radio Episode 8
Running Concept Lists Help Students Make Connections
1:00 | Neurogenesis in adult brains
5:52 | Cells hate calcium
12:52 | Let’s hear your take
14:24 | Featured topic: running concept lists
1 | Can the Adult Human Brain Produce New Neurons?
Since the time of neuroscience pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the idea that neurogenesis in the adult human brain is impossible has been a dominant idea. However, we set that aside in the late 1990s when evidence showed that new neurons can form in the adult hippocampus. A new paper suggests that the old idea is the correct one—but it’s not without controversy. What should we tell our students? That’s how science works, folks!
- The Discovery of the Neuron (outlines the origin of central dogmas about neuroscience, including Ramón y Cajal’s role)
- Neurogenesis in the adult human hippocampus (paper that established the idea that adult brain neurogenesis does occur)
- Human hippocampal neurogenesis drops sharply in children to undetectable levels in adults (paper that challenges the idea of adult brain neurogenesis)
- New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain (article that summarizes the recent controversy)
2 | Cells Hate Calcium (and Sodium) but Love Potassium
A simple analogy can help students remember a recurring principle about cell behavior involving important ions.
- Cells hate calcium! (a blog post for students; you can link to this page from your course)
3 | Let’s Hear Your Take!
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4 | Running Concept Lists
We all find it difficult to put all the facts and details together in our heads in a way that makes sense—that helps us connect ideas and gain insights. A simple technique of running concepts lists can provide a concrete template for this process. Used over time, running concept lists and also train the brain to make such connections easily.
- Concept Lists | An Easy Method to Enhance Deep Learning (resource page for A&P students)
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