Don't Be Nerve-ous

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  • Bill Nye
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Description

In this activity, learners discover a brain process called habituation. Learners try to touch the tips of their socks with their eyes closed, and discover it is easier to do immediately after they put on their on socks as opposed to after completing an activity that requires a lot of attention. Use this activity to talk about how the brain works.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
  • Learning Time: 10 to 30 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: free
  • Age Range: Ages 6 - 18
  • Resource Type: Activity
  • Language: English

Materials List (per student)

  • A pair of socks
  • Playing cards
Subjects

Informal Category

  • Physical Activity

Subjects

  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
      • Perception
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
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Bill Nye and Nye Labs, LLC

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All Rights Reserved, Bill Nye and Nye Labs, LLC, ©2001

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