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Stimulus and Response Lab: Nerves and a Study of Reflexes

In this activity students study a couple of eye reflexes. Not all of these are stimulated by vision. By walking through a series of steps, students investigate each reflex and speculate what might be causing them. A fun and engaging activity that requires no equipment!


Questions Answered:

  • How can you determine the stimulus for a specific reflex? 
  • Can an eye reflex be caused by a non-visual stimulus? 


Topics Addressed:

  • Reflexes are a nearly instantaneous response to a stimulus. 
  • Eye reflexes may or may not be caused by a visual stimulus. 
  • Reflexes can be studied to determine their stimulus


Materials Needed

a friend


Preparation Time



Teaching Time 

About 20–30 minutes, longer with included writing assignment


Answer Key

Yes! Plus extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to. Specific charts and graphic organizers have keys. 


Target Audience

Middle School Students, Ages 11-14


Student Sheets

  • Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 
  • Diagrams for labeling

Stimulus and Response Lab: Nerves and a Study of Reflexes


    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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