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Click on the links below to visit websites featuring neuroscience topics and activities:
In the video Christmas Lectures 2011: Speed of a Nerve Signal, Professor Bruce Hood [bio] measures the speed of a nerve impulse travelling the length of one arm. Dr. Dubinsky recommends this link and says, "It's a good demonstration of how long it takes for a message to travel down axons."
This video is one of many videos on The BrainBank - a site filled with teaching materials based on the Christmas Lectures 2011. You can find the nerve signal speed video on a page called Neurons, neural networks and the nervous system - scroll down to the section entitled How fast do neurons communicate? [Key Stages 2-4], about 1/2 way down the page.
Project Neuron, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offers a fun, interactive Brain Quiz and other simulations, games, and lesson plans.
Brain Awareness Week, in March, is a worldwide celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Ideas for how you can get involved are on the Society for Neuroscience website.
The Hawaii Electric Light Company brings us The Body Electric: a short article about how electrical signals travel along nerves to muscles. The accompanying activity, Nervous Energy, shows you how to set up an experiment to simulate nerve impulse travel between neurons. A teacher guide is also available.
Brain Awareness Video Contest -- watch 2012's winning videos.
Brain Myths - Sayings like "you only use 10% of your brain" may be common but are they accurate? The two documents linked below examine some popular brain myths and offer accurate analysis.
Neuromyth Busters: 9 Myths About the Brain from the Society for Neuroscience's BrainFacts site www.brainfacts.org/Neuromyths
Brain Myths from BrainU
Neuroscience for Kids - an excellent resource for both teachers and students who want to learn more about the brain and how the nervous system works. It is full of neuroscience activities and information.
BrainWorks TV Program produced April 13, 2006; time: 28:30
Neuroscience Laboratory and Classroom Activities - high school neuroscience curriculum developed by the National Association of Biology Teachers in the 1990s. The book is available to members to download.
The other virtual neuron - courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Make Your Own Brain Cap - download a one-page PDF document that you can print in color, cut out, and assemble into a cap. The brightly colored cap shows the major areas of the brain. Courtesy of Elsevier Direct, maker of BrainNavigator software.
www.elsevierdirect.com/BrainNavigator/home.html Click on the link "Make your own thinking cap" in the right column.
Multimedia Library at BrainFacts.org
Additional Neuroscience Educational Resources are available from the Society for Neuroscience
erin.sfn.org Educational Resources in Neuroscience
SEPA Science Education Partnership Award supported by the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health
Free online neuroscience videos
Changing Brains: University of Oregon Watch online videos and explore the effect of experience on the development of brain systems important in vision, hearing, motor skills, attention, language, reading, math, music, and emotions and learning.
Brain Art "This is the world's largest extant collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art..." and it has a link to the Wood Brain Art site.
The BrainWeb and Brain Resource Center
The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah has a wealth of information about the brain, for example, The New Science of Addiction: Genetics and the Brain
CCSI Consortium of Cognitive Science Instruction - Long-Term Potentiation LTP animation
The MIND Project - Classic chemical synaptic neurotransmission flash video
On-Line Multimedia Teaching tool for Neurobiology NSF-funded multimedia Neuroscience education tool in development
Save This Brain
Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections - one of the best comparative neuroanatomy sites on the Web
For more in-depth pursuit of neuroanatomy, visit BrainMaps.org - an interactive high-resolution digital brain atlas and virtual microscope - www.brains-minds-media.org/archive/1426
NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse Lessons from Prevention Research
Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain available from BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)
MIND OVER MATTER by NIDA, 8 booklets in an envelope as part of NIDA goes back to school
Classroom resources from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences: lesson plans, interactive games, video and audio
Resources and lesson plans for teachers from NIH's Office of Science Education
Mindboggling publications from DANA Foundation, Dana Press including It's Mindboggling! glossy pamphlet, ¡Es increíble! same thing in Spanish, and Q&A: Answering your Questions about Brain Research
The Dana Initiative - information about the programs, activities, and publications of the Dana Foundation and the Dana Alliance, as well the latest news about the brain. Teachers can also order classroom kits and videos about the brain.
The Brain Connection - tons of brain facts, games, and news about the latest in brain research
Brain Briefings published by the Society for Neuroscience - a clearing house on general neuroscience topics like Alzheimers' Disease, prenatal care of the brain, and brains in space
Brain Awareness Week is an international effort every March to expand the public's knowledge about neuroscience.
For local Brain Awareness Week activities coordinated by the University of Minnesota, visit www.neuroscience.umn.edu/baw/home.html
Kids! Here is BrainPop! - an interactive fun website where you can take quizzes about the brain and learn about other science, health, and technology topics
Sara's Quest, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse - a good site for looking at how different drugs affect the brain
The Exploratorium's online exhibit about memory - fascinating games involving memory and how it sometimes isn't as accurate as it seems
Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight