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The brain game

Impulsive, socially anxious, uncompromising - these are some of the characteristics you may recognise in the teenagers you know. Scientists at the University of Oxford are researching into changes that take place in the teenage brain that may explain this change in behaviour.

In this activity students use various models to explain the brain, including playing a game to model the neural strengthening and pruning process that takes place in the brain during adolescence.

It is best used as an extension activity after students have learnt about nervous transmission and synapses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students use models to represent processes in the brain
  • Students discuss why models are used in science
  • Students learn how the brain changes from birth to adulthood


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