Stop and Listen

Why is it necessary to stop talking and moving to listen to someone else talk? It’s not just being polite. Cutting edge research in electrophysiology, optogenetics and behavior analysis shows the brain connections that control how movement affects hearing.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.

NC Essential Science Standard (Biology): Explain how natural selection influences the changes in species over time.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the ways sound and movement are connected in your computers and smart phones?
  2. Why does our brain tune out some sounds and not others?
  3. Why do you freeze when you need to listen?
  4. What are the benefits of this adaptation?

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