Patterns

1 Axon Tracts in Spinal Cord String Art

Introduction

These string boards are based on classic 1970’s string art. Students use their hands and coloured wool to trace and learn several axon tracts:

  • Spinal reflex arc
  • Corticospinal tract (motor)
  • Dorsal column tract (sensory)
  • Spinothalamic tract (sensory)
  • Spinocerebellar tract (sensory)

Model

axon tracts in spinal chord string art
final composite image

axon tracts in spinal chord string art  axon tracts in spinal chord string art

axon tracts in spinal chord string art  axon tracts in spinal chord string art

Construction

Stylised images of different levels of the brain and spinal cord (based on actual sections) were drawn out and the various tracts and nuclei marked out within them. The final composite image template (PDF 965KB) was printed out on adhesive plastic and stuck onto board. Nails were hammered in – large headed nails for cell bodies and finer nails for waypoints. A cheat sheet (PDF 102KB) was also produced to assist the students.

Attribution

String Art: Axon Tracts in the Spinal Cord

Dr Marilyn Duxson, Dr Ping Liu and Dr Brad Hurren (academic support), Fieke Neuman and Robbie McPhee (initial drawings and final artwork), Alex Witherow (wooden boards). Department of Anatomy, University of Otago.

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