Academic Word List

  • advocating
  • briefly
  • construction
  • inhibits
  • mechanism
  • reverse
  • sequence
  • series
  • specific
  • terminal
  • transmits
  • triggering

Other Vocabulary

  • heightened
  • impulses
  • mass
  • pathway
  • properties
  • reaction
  • sensory
  • stimuli
  • tentacle


Please click the Exercise link to continue and do exercises 1 and 2.


Use the questions to begin a discussion. Try to be sure everyone in your group gives their opinion and explains why they hold that opinion before moving on to the next question.

  • Have you ever found yourself doing some activity without even thinking about it? Explain one such situation. How did it make you feel?
  • How do you think your brain communicates with the rest of your body?


Please click the Exercise link to continue and do Exercise 3.



Listen to first paragraph of a larger Listening, which is only an Introduction to the topic. In your group, discuss how this relates to the Reading you've just done and predict what you believe the rest of the Listening will be about and some of the topics that might be discussed. Try to find the General Statement and Thesis Statement in the Introduction and write your summary of them in Exercise 4. Try to rephrase vocabulary as much as possible.

Now listen to the complete Listening passage and take notes on it. When it is finished, talk to your group about the main ideas that are discussed in the Listening. Re-write the Thesis Statement you made above by adding some more information from the Listening in Exercise 5.


Cullari, S. (n.d.). Unit II: Neurons and neurotransmission. Psychological and Mental Health Services. Retrieved from http://www.nvo.com/scullari/unitii/

Lodish, H., Berk, A., Zipursky, S.L., Matsudaira, P., Baltimore, D., & Darnell, J. (2000). Section 21.1 Overview of neuron structure and function. In Molecular Cell Biology. (4th ed.) New York: W. H. Freeman. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21535/

University of Texas. (n.d.). Neurons and neurotransmitters: The "Brains" of the nervous system. Retrieved from http://www.utexas.edu/research/asrec/neuron.html



Please click the Exercise link to continue and do exercises 6, 7 and 8.