Topic 2 - Brain plasticity
Article published on 8 November 2021
last modification on 24 November 2021

by F. Touihrat

 Final task

The Minister for Health wishes to launch a national campaign about how new technologies could help prevent and/or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

You belong to their Cabinet and your task is to make a summary on this subject for the Minister’s information.

As the Minister does not have so much time to read any paper (guess why!), your summary should be in the form of a 5-minute video, inspired by a popular [1] scientific show (Bill Nye the Science Guy / Brainiac: Science Abuse / C’est pas sorcier / etc.).

Your video is to hand in on Google Classroom.

There will be some intermediate tasks to help you prepare your show.

 November 10th

Introduction

Question: make a hypothesis on how Jody was able to recover after her surgery, regarding her abilities.

 November 17th

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains
Brain Plasticity: How technology, environments, and language change our brains

Unique visual stimulation may be new treatment for Alzheimer’s
May smartphones help to maintain memory in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease?
Video and Mobile Games and Neuroplasticity: What is the Connection?

Question: which parts of the brain are involved in using new techs?

 November 24th

As an intermediate report, the Minister wants to know how you deal with the tasks they give you. You are then to produce today a short report (1 page max.) of two parts:

  • a diagram showing the main pieces of information you found so far about Alzheimer’s disease, new techs and brain plasticity and the links between them
  • the way you envision making your video (scenario draft for example)

On Classroom