Neuro RAP!

One of the learning outcomes from the biological level of analysis is to, “explain, using examples, the effects of neurotransmission on human behavior”

So, in order for you to remember the key functions of the 4 major neurotransmitters, you’ll need to create–and perform–a neurotransmitter rap/song!

The neurotransmitters you need to include are:


The Detailed Assignment can be found here:


What Happens to all the overachieving Asians when the test taking ends?

Read the New York Magazine article below by Wesley Yang:

Open your Diigo app and save the article to your TOK folder. Highlight the article as you read it. We’ll discuss this article next class!!  Some things to consider:

  1.  What are knowledge questions that arise?
  2. Can you identify the author’s thesis?
  3. Do you agree with his thesis? Disagree?
  4. what about the piece resonates with you?
  5. Any rebuttals to the author and/or the piece and ideas contained within?

Correlation Vs. Causation

Correlation vs. Causation

The reported health benefits of drinking moderate amounts of red wine have been widely reported in the news over the past decade.

The question of course is what is it about wine drinking that increases our health?  Wasn’t alcohol meant to be bad for you? 

Consider the following study excerpted from the 2015 book, The Dorito Effect: 

In 2002, four Danish scientists began examining grocery receipts. This may sound like a waste of taxpayer dollars, but in fact it was the kind of experiment other scientists describe as “elegant.” For years, science had been grappling with the unexplained health benefits of wine—wine drinkers seemed more resistant to coronary heart disease and certain cancers, but no one knew why. Predictably, there was a large-scale effort to rip wine apart in search of whatever compound was working its peculiar magic on the human body and turn it into a pill. (Resveratrol was one.) The Danish group came at it from a different angle. They didn’t need a gas chromatograph. They needed receipts.

–STOP– Why would they look at receipts?? Discuss with your seat partner. now. 


They wanted to know what else all those healthy wine drinkers were buying when they visited the supermarket.

Altogether, they examined 3.5 million transactions from 98 supermarkets. They found that wine drinkers didn’t shop the same way as beer drinkers. Wine drinkers were more likely to place olives, low-fat cheese, fruits and vegetables, low-fat meat, spices, and tea in their carts. Beer drinkers, on the other hand, were more likely to reach for the chips, ketchup, margarine, sugar, ready-cooked meals, and soft drinks.

Perhaps the health of wine drinkers isn’t caused by wine so much as by the fact that wine drinkers like wine in the first place. The greatest predictor of health, these results suggest, doesn’t come down to this or that nutrient. It comes down to what a person finds delicious.

— Adapted from The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, by Mark Schatzker (published by Simon & Schuster in May)

 Here are some more examples of mistaken causation by the media:

Correlation in the media