Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignment. Before reviewing these resources, read through the assignment instructions so you know what you will be expected to do with this material.
Spielman, R. M., Dumper, K., Jenkins, W., Lacombe, A., Lovett, M., & Perlmutter, M. (2014, December). Psychology. Retrieved from https://cnx.org/contents/Sr8Ev5Og@12.2:SO2ufnKm@12/3-2-Cells-of-the-Nervous-System
Please note: you do not need to read section 3.1. Read sections 3.2 – 3.5 from this chapter. Reading these sections of chapter 3 will help you successfully complete this week’s assignment.
This video will show you examples of brain research on brain plasticity. Host Alan Alda speaks with leading brain scientists about how our brains change throughout life. While this video dates back to 2000 it is considered a classic in biopsychology because it covers landmark research that will be relevant and important in the field for many, many years. So while the clothes, computers, phones, etc. you’ll see in this video are outdated, the research findings are not! Please watch the video segments entitled: (1) Seeing Blind [9 mins], (2) Grow Your Own Brain [8 mins], and (3) The Power of Half [6 mins]
Be sure you have completed your reading assignment before watching these video segments. It will help you to better understand the research that is presented. This video will help you understand the concept of plasticity, which is the focus of this week’s assignment.