Thinking Sensing and Behaving

Photograph of a man cleaning and taking care of a child at the same time
The brain works best with one job at a time, but daily life calls for multitasking, causing a “bottle neck” in the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Mark Changizi explains how the brain reckons with optical illusions in this TED talk.
  • TED
Why do some things stand out from the background? Explore how things get noticed by studying how our brains help us perform a visual search.
  • Scientific American
Are you left- or right-sided? In this activity you'll find out whether people generally do most activities with one side of their body.
  • Scientific American
Find out what the nose knows and the mouth leaves out in this experiment.
  • Scientific American
Think fast! Figure out your brain’s reaction time with this activity.
  • Scientific American
You won't believe your eyes in this spooktacular illusion.
  • Scientific American
Supertasters sense food's flavor more strongly than most. Check your tongue for clues about your tasting tendencies!
  • Scientific American
Why do we have two ears instead of just one? Try this activity and find out.
  • Scientific American
What can magic tricks tell us about the brain?
  • Scientific American
How can a fruit fly teach us about our senses? Watch this video and see how scientists use fruit flies to learn more about our sense of smell.
  • Beckman Institute
How do we see every imaginable color with just three types of color receptors in our eye?
  • TED
Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
  • Baylor College of Medicine