NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Teacher's Guide

Activity One

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Objectives

The student will understand the effects of marijuana on the brain structures that control the five senses, emotions, memory, and judgment.

The student will use knowledge of brain-behavior relationships to determine the possible effects of marijuana on the ability to perform certain tasks and occupations.

Activity

Review the way marijuana use affects brain regions and structures that control the five senses, heart rate, emotions, memory, and judgment. Students will then randomly select (for example, draw from a hat) an occupation and be asked to act out, in front of the class, how marijuana use might specifically affect the performance of a person in that occupation. (Examples: airline pilot, professional basketball player, doctor, defense attorney, truck driver, construction worker, server in a restaurant, politician.) Students will identify the brain regions and structures affected by marijuana use, and describe the link between these structures and behavior.