Lesson Plans

D’Scerner: Critical Thinking of Dopamine May Affect Thrill-Seeking Behavior in Humans Study

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University of Texas Health Science Center

Students use scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and field investigations to construct an understanding of the nervous system and how dopamine may affect thrill-seeking behavior. Students will compare and contrast the journal report to the media report to determine accuracy of the media report. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 2 lessons
  • Teacher materials
  • Journal and media articles

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Science literacy
  • Using empirical evidence and logic to examine scientific research
  • Identifying limitations and advantages of scientific research
  • Comparing and contrasting peer-reviewing findings with that of media articles

Time / Duration: 

  • 1-2 class periods


  • Printer/copier for articles, worksheets
  • Colored pencils

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards
  • Project 2061 Standards
  • Healthy People 2010


  • English