Brain Anatomy and Function

Image of neurons in synapse locations
Bacterial infections can make their way to the brain, where they can linger undetected.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Your selections: Brain Anatomy and Function
In this lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn how the brain receives and sends signals to the body.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
This website offers a collection of PowerPoint presentations (with scripts) designed for teaching students (pre-primary to higher primary) about the brain and the nervous system.
  • John Hopkins University
This web-resource by the University of Utah considers the effects of genetics, environment, and behavior in an attempt to unravel the complexities of the addicted brain.
  • University of Utah
In this lesson, students learn some key brain structures and the functions they preform.
  • PBS
This online book introduces neuroscience chapter by chapter. Available online and in several languages, the book covers basic topics such as neurons, chemical neurotransmission, and vision, as well as the immune system, dyslexia, stress, and neuroethics.
  • International Brain Research Organization
Information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
This site features interactive games for students along with lesson plans to teach about how drugs effect the nervous system.
  • Rice University
In this lesson, students learn key brain structures and the functions they perform. They then design and model an animal's brain.
  • Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons.
  • TED
What happens in the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease? This tour by the Alzheimer's Association explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it.
  • Alzheimer's Association
An interactive tutorial about the brain and disorders of the brain with photos, animations, and sound.
  • Science Museum London
Use interactive tools to see your child's brain development from the inside.
  • Hospital for Sick Children

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.