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Learn the basics of how neurons fire, and explore what we can learn from the feeling of banging our funny bone.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min.
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Through complex systems that begin with cells that respond to physical stimuli and send signals through a maze of brain circuits, we can know — both consciously and otherwise — what goes on around us and within our bodies.
  • The Dana Foundation
Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition.
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  • 5 min
How sensitive is your skin? Try this quick activity to test your skin's sensory neurons.
  • Scientific American
Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
  • Baylor College of Medicine
How was the neural representation of my belly region changing throughout during my pregnancy?
What is an itch? That insistent tickle demanding that you cease whatever you are doing and claw with your fingernails at a particular spot on your skin.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Whiskers give mice a tactile advantage. Scientists study the brains of mutant mice to learn about the development of specific brain regions, such as those involved in touch.
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The brain receives information about the outside world via the senses. But how much of this information do we actually notice?
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Synesthesia is a condition in which stimulation of one sense automatically evokes a perception in an unstimulated sense.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
From the stands at sports events, we marvel at the actions of athletes. But in fact, each of us in our daily activities performs a host of complex, skilled movements that are just as remarkable.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Touch is the sense by which we determine the characteristics of objects: size, shape, and texture.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
This site provides experiments on hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision designed for students in primary and secondary school classrooms.
  • Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

3D Brain

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