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Teaching packets for teachers, aimed at secondary school students. Learn how the brain's reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroin), or marijuana.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
Explore the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center in Belmont, Mass., which houses more than 6,000 samples and specimens.
  • National Geographic
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 interactive web resource has articles with photos and demonstrations about how the brain processes information from our bodies, generates thoughts and emotions, stores and recalls memories, and controls movement. Also, watch a video about how scientists store and use donated brain tissue.
  • National Geographic
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