The Great Brain Debate

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How do speech and memory operate within the human brain? Compare and contrast the localistic and distributed models with your young psychologists using this highly engaging and informative video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension activity, assign your pupils to choose a scientist and/or theory that interested them from this video, and to perform a more in-depth research project on their choice
  • Have learners trace the history of human understanding of the brain using only images and charts, such as those presented in this video
Classroom Considerations

  • Speaker moves quickly through content; you may want to pause the video periodically to clarify concepts and answer questions
Pros

  • Traces considerations of speech and memory through famous personalities in history, such as Rene Descartes 
  • Explains concept of phrenology and receptive aphasia
  • Images and graphs support comprehension of topics
Cons

  • None
Common Core