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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Concept featured in clip:Nervous System; Ethics in science
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 1

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Summary of clip: Gene Wilder is a medical school professor who is teaching a physiology lesson on the somatic part of the peripheral nervous system. He picks up a poor volunteer from the street and demonstrates voluntary and reflexive neurons.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip is a great engage into a discussion about the different types of neurons in the somatic part of the peripheral nervous system and about how reflexes work. It can also serve as a springboard to a discussion about ethics in human experiments.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How are voluntary and reflexive neurons demonstrated in the experiments? What is the difference between the two types of neurons?

b. What happens when the pathway for the reflexive neurons is shut down? Is this something that can realistically happen?

c. What do voluntary neurons control? What are some examples of voluntary neurons?

d. What do the reflexive neurons control? What are some examples of these?

2. For a possible assessment, you can show this clip and then have students describe how the various neurons work in order to cause movement. They can trace the pathway of the entire process.

3. This clip can be used as part of a way to compare and contrast somatic neurons with autonomic neurons and neurons in the Central Nervous System.

4. Gene Wilder is basically paying this poor man to be beaten. Is Gene Wilder being ethical? Are the man's rights being violated?

5. As a possible portfolio entry, have students create a video, cartoon, flip book, or interactive computer graphic simulation demonstrating various neuronal pathways in everyday life (obviously within reason), e,g. Athletes might focus on specific sports. Actors could focus on particular theatrical motions.