anonymous
  • anonymous
I'm a neuroscientist in-training with a strong emphasis in teaching students. I wanted to know how many HS students get exposure to neuroscience in their biology or natural sciences courses. Is there a neuroscience or psychology course available to take? Neuroscience is a tough discipline but I have a feeling that it is just brushed over in most High School's that I have been to. The reason I became a neuroscientist is because of my biology teacher that also elected to make a neurobiology course at her high school. Anyone crave some more neuroscience in their classrooms?
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thomaster
  • thomaster
Where i live in the Netherlands, neurobiology is a part of biology in highschool.
anonymous
  • anonymous
excellent! I have heard Netherlands has a great school system. Keep those synapses firing :)
BostonBlue
  • BostonBlue
i think it goes school to school, teacher to teacher. but in my state i'd say that neuroscience is not covered very well. and psychology is not taught very much at all, which i think is awful. i know a couple of students who are very interested in neuroscience and are doing independent studies through their biology teacher in order to do research into the field. a recent topic they worked on was genetic fators in PTSD.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
Isn't neuroscience sort of specialized to be taught in high school? Some students might get some as part of their psychology or biology class, but most students will get almost none. Is that a bad thing?
Frostbite
  • Frostbite
I'm from Denmark and it is a part of curriculum to be thought in neuroscience in the classes; biology, biotechnology and sports science (depending on level). The way to approach the neuroscience is different however.
abb0t
  • abb0t
None. I didn't know about Neuroscience until college.
anonymous
  • anonymous
I agree with you @Peter14, but I think neurobiology and the behavioral sciences are an excellent way of young minds to start to understand what is going on under the surface. This is especially true since it is relevant to their own changing brains and bodies during the late teens. I don't think neuroscience should be required, but possibly a senior elective (with AP psychology). I am indebted to my High School Biology teacher for offering such a cool and interactive class and feel that similar opportunities should be available for students that want the experience. Another thing to note is that in the sciences, neuroscience is taking a very prominent position on center stage, along with genetics and cancer research. The national neuroscience conference alone generates 32,000 presenters per year and that number keeps rising! For a future scientist this is definitely an area to be aware of. I realize most of these things you end up eventually getting exposed to college, but that may not be soon enough for some students. Having the option is crucial and even more important are motivated and inspirational HS teachers that are not afraid to reach out and do the very best for their students.
abb0t
  • abb0t
Chemistry >>Biology
anonymous
  • anonymous
You forgot to whole equation: Mathematics>>Physics>>Chemistry>>Biology>>Psychology>>Sociology This is probably true in terms of hierarchies (one is subsumed to the other), but the more to the right you get the more you stand to understand human behavior (but not without some statistics). Higher levels of abstraction lead to explanations/models of our conscious behavior, which is completely dependent on lower level interactions. I chose to linger in the Biology/Cognitive Science/Psychology realm, with humble appreciation of the harder sciences that allow for such impressive emergent properties.
abb0t
  • abb0t
No chemistry is always > bio. Chemistry is the central science. Plus bio is boring.
anonymous
  • anonymous
That's your opinion and you aren't really adding anything to your point, just stating unfounded declarations. Chemistry is not the central science and if you think consciousness and behavior are boring then there's no point arguing.
abb0t
  • abb0t
I win.
thomaster
  • thomaster
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abb0t
  • abb0t
Do you have a death wish or something?
anonymous
  • anonymous
You must have some emotional problems, that's something that biology can address. None of what're you're saying holds any substance. If you want a discursive exchange argue, your point and don't flaunt your opinion like its really so black and white.
abb0t
  • abb0t
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Math2400
  • Math2400
YES...i really wish where i went had more neuroscience in my ap biology class (just took this class last year). I mean we lightly brush over it but I wish we were more exposed to it. However, we do have psychology lucky so I'll be taking ap psychology next year! Really excited.
e.mccormick
  • e.mccormick
WR. Klemm and many other well regarded professionals are flummoxed by the fact that that we both refuse to teach and use the more well defined parts of neuroscience in education. The opinion on the static nature of brain damage through strokes has been completely blown away by neuroplacticity research by Edward Taub and others, the results of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young in the fallacies of learning differences has been phenomenal, and the list goes on. Yet, we still look at children as machines where the most important things about their education are their date of manufacture and how well they can pass a standardized test. None of this takes advantage of the rich field of neurosceince as both an applied method of education and a topic in school where children are introduced to a better self concept.
e.mccormick
  • e.mccormick
And if you want a less scientific reasoning, the wide range of listeners to Dr. Ginger Campbell''s show, The Brian Science Podcast, exposes a very diversified interest in the topic. Her listeners are from such a wide range of backgrounds and ages that it shows just how common the trend is for people to want to understand their brain and neurological systems better. People find this interesting. Kids do better when school topics are interesting. Seems like a match to me!
anonymous
  • anonymous
@e.mccormick that's some excellent reasoning and a well-formed opinion you have! Part of the rich fruit of knowledge that neuroscience has helped unearth in the past 30 or so years has really been astounding and more importantly very relevant to general health and way of living life. As you mentioned plasticity is a big one and being aware of this fact allows you to have a good understanding of your own biofeedback as manifested in your emotional state, thought process, or some other behavioral effect. This may sound a bit abstract, but it just highlights the fact that be can be aware of our underlying processes and also take part in them by being aware. Moreover it allows a window to intimately understand who you are (including your subconscious processes) that you otherwise wouldn't be aware of. @Math2400 You'll love AP psychology and the many parallels you will draw to the underlying biology of our behavior!
abb0t
  • abb0t
I win.
anonymous
  • anonymous
its curious, @abb0t, you must be a smart guy with your profile stats, but your comments are... somewhat lacking to put it nicely. Did your little brother get a hold of your account or what gives?

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