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Educator Resources: Explain the Brain

We have over 135 free resources to help engage young peoples' interest in the field of neuroscience. Search by topic, content type, and grade level. Browse our complete library today!

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Brain Awareness Video Contest

Create a short, educational video about the brain by June 12, 2014 — and it could appear on this page!

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Brain Facts: Download the Full Book

An updated primer on the brain and nervous system published by the Society for Neuroscience.

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Dopamine and Addiction

A classic film noir about love, addiction, and dopamine. Learn how drugs affect the brain in this submission to the 2011 Brain Awareness Video Contest and start working on your own video today!

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Introduction

Teaching opportunities are everywhere, from a science club to a classroom. In this section are easy-to-use teaching resources, activities to engage young people’s interest, and educational tools sorted by age and reading level. Most resources in this section are aimed at pre-university students. Multimedia resources include videos and images to augment lesson plans.

Educator Resources

Experiments on the Senses Designed for the Classroom

Source: Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

This site provides experiments on hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision designed for students in primary and secondary school classrooms.


Inside the Teenage Brain

Source: PBS

What's going on inside the teenage brain? This Frontline television special explores how science may unlock answers to that question.


Mice and Other Animal Models of Addiction

Source: University of Utah

This Web resource highlights the valuable role that animals play in biomedical research. The anatomy of the reward pathways in the human brain and the rat brain are compared to emphasize their similarities.


Phantom Limbs

Source: PBS
Phantom limbs? These cases help explain the real phenomenon of sensing a missing limb.

Savory Science: Jelly Bean Taste Test

Source: Scientific American
Find out what the nose knows and the mouth leaves out in this experiment.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Source: University of New England Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences
Help your students prevent and understand concussions. These lesson plans provide a hand-on activity to head injuries.