Bransford et al, eds. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 2000. When do infants begin to learn? How can teachers and schools help children learn most effectively? New research about the mind, the brain, and the processes of learning offers exciting answers to these and other questions.
Cassidy, John, and the Exploratorium. Explorabook: A Kid’s Science Museum in a Book. Klutz, San Francisco, 1992. Includes intriguing activities that demonstrate and explain optical illusions
Cobb, Vicki. How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions For All Your Senses. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1999. Dozens of do-it-yourself activities reveal how your five senses can fool you. Cobb provides explanations of the science and history behind each.
National Association of Biology Teachers and the Society for Neuroscience. The Neuroscience Laboratory and Classroom Activities.
National Association of Biology Teachers and the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, 1996. (Download a free copy at http://www.nabt.org/sup/ publications/nlca/toc.htm
). A guide for the scientist and the high school teacher that was developed as part of Neuroscience Laboratory and Classroom Activities, National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Society for Neuroscience.
Ponton, Lynn. The Romance of Risk: Why Teenagers Do the Things They Do. Basic Books, New York, 1998. A fascinating book that takes readers into the minds of 15 troubled adolescents to provide a compelling look at today’s teenage experience.
Society for Neuroscience. Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System.
Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, 2005. (Download a free copy at http://web.sfn.org/content/Publications/BrainFacts/index.html
) A primer on the brain and nervous system, published by the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to serving as a starting point for a lay audience interested in neuroscience, the book is used at the annual Brain Bee, which is held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week.
Strauch, Barbara. Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids. Doubleday, New York, 2003. For years scientists believed human brain development was over by the first three years of life. Now they are starting to look beyond hormones to explain teenage behavior and they’re finding clues in an unexpected place: the teenage brain.
British Broadcasting Corporation. Science & Nature: Human Body & Mind
This BBC site contains lots of interactive games and activities for students on topics including organs, muscles, the skeleton and the nervous system. The site also includes a series of psychology tests.
New Horizons for Learning
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New Horizons for Learning is often a "launching pad" for new educational organizations and projects. It gives visibility to effective teaching and learning practices, explores and helps implement ideas that have not yet reached the mainstream, and works in coordination with other reputable networks and learning communities.
Public Broadcasting Service. The Secret Life of the Brain
Copies of videos and CDs as well as downloadable teacher and student guides are available on the Web site.
Society for Neuroscience and the National Association of Biology Teachers
A collaboration between high school science teachers and neuroscientists. These activities allow high school students to design and conduct their own experiments.
University of Minnesota's Department of Neuroscience and the Science Museum of Minnesota
An interactive site with lots of information about your brain.
University of Washington. Neuroscience for Kids
The definitive brain science Web site for everyone who wants to learn more, Neuroscience for Kids is a combination of a sophisticated neuroscience text, a compendium of experiments and lesson plans, and a gateway to other sources of information about the brain and nervous system. A subscription to a neuroscience newsletter for kids is also available.
University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Texas Public Health Science Center at Houston
Brains Rule! is designed to improve neuroscience literacy among children and the general public. Created by neuroscience professionals, the site transfers knowledge and enthusiasm about neuroscience through fun, engaging hands-on activities.
Public Broadcasting Service. The Secret Life of the Brain.
A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. This series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary, and cutting-edge animation. Available on DVD and video at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/shop.html
Public Broadcasting Service. Inside the Teenage Brain.
It's the mystery of mysteries — especially to parents. Now the experts are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do and how new discoveries can change the way we teach, or perhaps even understand, our teenagers. Available on DVD and video at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/view/