Brains & Neurons
Many have compared the Internet to the connections in the human brain. Looking at these sites allows students to see how much more complex and wonderful our brain really is.
Neuroscience For Kids is so successful that several other sites link to it as the primary source on this topic. Explanations for the aroma of flowers and the pain, associated with stepping on a nail, also add a note of realism for students. Students can query experts and receive a topical newsletter with their e-mail.
Why Do We Yawn?
What makes yawning so contagious? To get more oxygen? To cool the brain down?!?! Why are yawns contagious? Why do some groups yawn less?
The Yawn-O-Meter video makes a great introduction -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXX4vF6Zh0
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The neuroscience project at Washington University has developed a special study of the olfactory system. The site is graphically appealing and utilizes some new technology tools such as email to experts, a search engine and a survey.
The Exploratorium's Memory Exhibition duplicates much of their original exhibition. It will be appealing to students because "hairdos" illustrate changes in perception (among other visual effects).
How do dogs "see" with their noses
In this TED Ed video, Alexandra Horowitz illustrates how the dog's nose can smell the past, the future and even things that can't be seen at all. You may have heard the expression that dogs 'see with their noses.' But these creature's amazing nasal architecture actually reveals a whole world beyond what we can see.
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NASA's biology sites include NeurOn (Neurolab Online), a study of neural systems in microgravity. Students can analyze the data and e-mail questions to the more than 100 scientists who are participating. Background links are available, too.
Cross-sectional slides of every part of the brain has been placed online at Harvard Medical School (for advanced students).
A huge collection of cross-sectional slides of the brain (more than 100 species) has been cataloged at the Brain Museum, co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State, and NSF (among others). This is an exceptional online resource for school students.
BrainPOP is a commercial site but an especially engaging one--movies, experiments, etc. about blood, cells, hair. It is suitable for ages 6-14 but it does include sensitive topics about diseases like cancer.
The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience educators work with teachers and scientists to develop neuroscience lessons and activities for K-12 students, including the Build-A-Brain classroom activity!
Students can compare the form and functions of various marine, mammalian brains at Manatee. Quite interesting.