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
Neuroethics will draw from the experience of bioethics in handling scientific communication with the media and responsible transfer of knowledge from basic science to profit-driven venture.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
To be able to see anything, eyes first need to process light. Vision begins with light passing through the cornea.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The moment light meets the retina, the process of sight begins. About 60 years ago, scientists discovered that each vision cell’s receptive field is activated when light hits a tiny region in the center of the field and inhibited when light hits the area surrounding the center.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Although most of us don’t think of it in this way, the related senses of taste and smell help us interpret the chemical world.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The Virtual Exhibit is a collection of games, demonstrations, and activities for students to learn about sources and effects of protection from dangerous sounds.
  • Oregon Health and Science University
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
During this lab activity, students will explore two types of sensory processes. First, they will investigate how one identifies different flavors. Then, they will explore the ways the brain interprets the visual images that reach the eye.
  • University of Pennsylvania
In this lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn the likely causes of distracted driving and its possible effects.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
In this lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn how alcohol affects different parts of the brain, which in turn affects behavior.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
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
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
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