Lesson 5: What are the effects of drugs on the nervous system?
This lesson is part of the unit:
Students continue their investigation into how drugs “change the mind” by examining how drugs affect the nervous system. They make connections to Lessons 3 and 4, where they investigated model organisms’ responses to drugs. In lesson 5, students continue learning about organisms’ potential responses to drugs through observing what happens to humans undergoing a “sweat test.” This “sweat test” introduces students to the sympathetic nervous system, and how drugs might influence the test. Students continue learning about the nervous system through a series of readings on the different parts and functions of the nervous system. Using a jigsaw strategy, students discuss how certain drugs can affect the nervous system, specifically caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. The lesson concludes with a discussion on how drugs affect the nervous system and how this connects to neurons, the cells that make up the nervous system.