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Explore the frontiers of brain science in this lesson plan from The New York Times education blog.
  • New York Times
Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings.
  • TED
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See for yourself what happens to the brain during a head injury. This short video is a great resource to enhance your lesson plans.
  • PBS
Do lost connections between brain regions guarantee impaired function? Imaging techniques show normal functional activity in people with missing links, spurring scientists to say: not necessarily.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Optical imaging relies on shining weak lasers through the skull to visualize brain activity. These techniques are inexpensive and relatively portable. They are also silent and safe: Because only extremely weak lasers are used, these methods can be used to study everyone, even infants.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
PET is one of the most important techniques for measuring blood flow or energy consumption in the brain. This method of measuring brain function is based on the detection of radioactivity emitted when positrons, positively charged particles, undergo radioactive decay in the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Providing a high-quality, three-dimensional image of organs and structures inside the body without X-rays or other radiation, MRIs are noninvasive and unsurpassed in the anatomical detail they show.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Medical professionals have come to rely on even more specialized forms of the MRI machine, each suited to spotting specific warning signs.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
In this two-part lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn the advantages, disadvantages, and potential of diagnostic imaging technologies in brain research.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
Explore the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center in Belmont, Mass., which houses more than 6,000 samples and specimens.
  • National Geographic
Explore the many aspects of sleep and its importance to overall daily function and long-term health.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
In this lesson, students learn some key brain structures and the functions they preform.
  • PBS