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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Sep 16, 2019

Host Kevin Patton discusses the many ways case studies can be used in teaching, why they enhance learning, and where to find them. Also, updates in factors underlying left-handedness, functional maps of the brain, and reversing biological age, plus some tips on responding to student questions.

00:44 | Left-handedness
02:54 | Responding to Students
22:30 | Sponsored by HAPS
22:59 | Mapping Brain Functions
26:55 | Sponsored by AAA
27:14 | Reversing Age
30:32 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
31:18 | Case Studies in Teaching A&P
47:59 | Staying Connected

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If the left half of the brain controls the right half of the body then only left handed people are in their right mind. (W.C. Fields)


1 | Left-Handedness

2 minutes

A new report suggests that left-handedness, which one in ten of us exhibit, is partially influenced by genes. One effect of these genes is to change the structure of our body cells' cytoskeleton. Of course, a lot more work has to be done. By left-handers and right-handers alike.

  • Left-handed DNA found - and it changes brain structure (brief summary article)
  • Handedness, language areas and neuropsychiatric diseases: insights from brain imaging and genetics (research article)

 left-handed writing


2 | Responding to Students

19.5 minutes

Half of students don't read the syllabus, don't read directions, don't listen to us—which can produce some frustrations when they reach out to us with questions that they already have the answer for. Somewhere nearby them. Kevin gives some tips on how to to handle these with grace and ease (taking barely any time or effort), as well as advice on heading them off before they are asked.



3 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. There are a bunch of 1-day regional workshops scattered all over the continent. There's probably one near you coming up this year (or next)!

Anatomy & Physiology Society

 HAPS logo


4 | Mapping Brain Functions

4 minutes

We've all see various functional maps of the human brain. But once you get down to the smaller regions, or parcels, it gets weird. Beyond a certain resolution, things are very flexible. Because functions of tiny parcels vary with the state of that region of the brain in any given moment, we will probably not be able to produce a high-resolution functional map of the brain—even for any one individual.

  • There is no single functional atlas even for a single individual: Parcellation of the human brain is state dependent (research article)
  • Brodmann areas (maps and explanation)


Brodmann areas


5 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

 AAA logo


6 | Reversing Age

3.5 minutes

Can biological age be reversed? Some research in a small group of older men suggest it may be possible. Using a cocktail of common drugs, their epigenomes showed a younger biological age. Hmm.

  • First hint that body’s ‘biological age’ can be reversed (brief summary from Nature)
  • Reversal of epigenetic aging and immunosenescent trends in humans (research article from Aging Cell)


7 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

 NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


8 | Case Studies in Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

16.5 minutes

In this discussion, Kevin defines what a case study is, described some different sorts of case studies, explains why case studies are such a powerful learning experience, and give sources for peer-reviewed, classroom-tested case studies for A&P. And a few odd and creative ideas, one from listener Christy Pitts, thrown in as a bonus! We're all about bonuses here.

working together


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