Fishy Behavior

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Here's a lab that may make you rethink that morning cup of coffee. Biology scholars test the effects of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine on the behavior of zebrafish through an intriguing experiment. Learners observe fish behavior before and after the introduction of a substance, then analyze data and make inferences about possible effects on the human body.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups choose the substance they use for their experiments
  • If time permits, use different concentrations of substances to create more data
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider performing a related lab that studies how zebrafish learn prior to conducting this activity
  • Review proper procedures for live-animal labs before beginning
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