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Lesson 4.3 – What makes us go to sleep, and what makes us wake up?

This lesson presents the concept of the neural circuit. Using the sleep-wake circuit as an example, this lesson demonstrates how different parts of the brain work together to regulate behaviors. In addition to learning the brain structures involved in controlling the sleep-wake cycle, students will learn that this cycle is controlled by a switch sensitive to outside stimuli. Students will also be introduced to the key concept that circuits rely on both inhibition and excitation to regulate function. Finally, this lesson introduces the idea of using an animal model to study a human disorder.

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