Who We Are:
Mary L. McClendon and Dr. Mozzachiodi’s Lab Students
What We Did:
I performed shock training on a snail, fed a snail sea weed, injected the snail with anesthetic, dissected the snail, and studied the neurons under a microscope.
What We Learned:
B51 is a specific neuron that fires when a snail chooses to eat.
The snails eat in a manner that is similar to an octopus using a beak-like projection called the radula. The brain and the nervous system is spread out throughout the snail and not contained into one unit like our human brain.
Questions We Have:
How do you test the neurons of the brain after dissecting the snail?
Connections to Teaching:
This connects to science and the way our brain functions.
TEKS 115.4 Health Education, Grade 2 (b) Knowledge and Skills (2.3) (B)