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.
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In this lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn about their five senses.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
Learn about the brain through articles, maps, activities, and more, with this resource for teachers and students.
  • The Dana Foundation
Glial cells provide insulation for nerve cells and help them communicate with one another. Using mouse muscle nerves, scientists studied the role of specific proteins in the growth of these cells.
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The changes taking place in the adolescent brain lead to increased vulnerability to drug abuse and may also contribute to the emergence of psychiatric disorders.
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Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness, but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.
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In an attempt to put mind over matter, researchers are beginning to decipher what exactly is happening in our brains when we are making decisions.
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Only physical trauma can create a hole in your brain.
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Moderate amounts of alcohol do not kill brain cells.
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Listening to classical music hasn't been shown to improve intelligence in children or adults.
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Crossword puzzles and similar games can help you learn words and improve specific skills, but they won't enhance overall brain function.
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You use all of your brain.
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Decision-making is such a seamless process we’re usually unaware of it — until our choice results in unexpected consequences. Then we wonder, “Why did I choose that option?”
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