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Lesson 4.4 – Can caffeine treat narcolepsy?

This lesson is intended to further develop the students’ understanding of the complexity of neuronal circuits. Continuing the discussion of the sleep-wake circuit and narcolepsy, this lesson also introduces caffeine, its mechanism of action and asks the students whether or not it would be an effective treatment for narcolepsy. Through the discussion of the many different “controls” of the sleep-wake circuits, students will begin to appreciate how complex neural circuits can become.

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