Behavior and the Brain

Seventh-grade students in Ms. Jan Dwinnels Science class have been studying behavior and the brain and how sensory input into the brain is stored in memory or immediate behavior. As an in-school field trip, Ms. Dwinnels class met Helen Pierre, owner of No Monkey Business Dog Training and certified professional dog trainer and behaviorist, and her dog, a Papillon, named Messner.  Ms. Pierre demonstrated the ways animals and humans learn through conditioning--positive or negative reinforcements and positive or negative punishments.