How Your Brain Controls Your Body (an Introduction to Neuronal Communication)
Neuronal communication is complex, but what if a few simple metaphors helped you grasp the basics? Through an educational and engaging animation, kids who could be hearing about neuronal communication for the first time will learn the basics of a nerve cell's function. The explanation is designed to be simple and engaging enough that a 10-year-old can understand while retaining scientific accuracy which could eventually provide a useful foundation in later college courses. To ensure accuracy while simplifying this concept, collaboration with a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology occurred. The first goal of the project is simplified explanation of neuronal communication to increase younger children’s interest in neuroscience and give them a piece of knowledge they can find helpful if they continue to pursue or neuro- or psych related field. The second purpose is providing a useful and memorable explanation for any students who are not in a STEM field, to better understand their own nervous system.