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
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
Learn how our taste buds work and why some of us are sensitive to bitter tastes. Detailed graphics and sound clips explain the mechanics of taste and evolutionary consequences of bitter sensations.
  • University of Utah
In this two-part lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn about gelotology (the science of laughter) and its benefits to our social, mental, and physical well-being.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
Beginning in the 1940s, Canadian brain surgeon Wilder Penfield mapped the brain's motor cortex -- the area that controls the movement of your body's muscles. Now you can relive his exploration of the brain.
  • PBS
This site provides experiments on hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision designed for students in primary and secondary school classrooms.
  • Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
What's going on inside the teenage brain? This Frontline television special explores how science may unlock answers to that question.
  • PBS
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.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
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.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
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.
  • TED
  • 19 min
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.
  • The Kavli Foundation