Resources for Teaching Neuroscience
The Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Literacy at the National Association for Biology Teachers Annual Meeting
(October 25-28, 2000; Orlando, FL)

Internet Resources

Neuroscience for Kids
Comprehensive site intended for elementary and secondary students and teachers; includes on-line and off-line activities, lesson plans, experiments, demonstrations, games, worksheets and basic information about the nervous system. Extensive links to other sites. The site also includes an interactive tour of web sites to teach neuroscience at: Sponsor: Dr. Eric Chudler, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

American Academy of Neurology
Information about neurological disorders and educational materials ("facts sheets") in easy-to-understand language. Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology

Interactive lesson on stroke; student expositions on the brain. Sponsor: Creighton University

Web site to introduce the general public to the field of neuroscience. Sponsor: Dr. Cynthia L. Phelps, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas, Houston.

Charles A. Dana Foundation
Information about the programs (including Brain Awareness Week), activities, and publications of the Dana Foundation and the Dana Alliance. Also has material about brain diseases and disorders. Sponsor: The Charles A. Dana Foundation

Digital Anatomist
An "interactive" brain atlas with beautiful photographs and drawings. An excellent teaching resource for neuroanatomy. Sponsor: John W. Sundsten; University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Gallery of Mammalian Brains
Beautiful images of the brains from a large number of different mammals. Sponsors: Brain Collections at The University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University and The National Museum of Health and Medicine

Mind and Brain Magazine
Online neuroscience magazine. Sponsor: Dr. Silvia Helena Cardoso, Center for Biomedical Informatics, State University of Campinas, Brazil

Neuroscience Laboratory and Classroom Activities
Lab manual for 12 neuroscience experiments that can be used in the classroom. Sponsors: National Association of Biology Teachers and the Society for Neuroscience. Web pages by the Division of Life Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Neuroscience Tutorial
Extensive review of clinical neuroscience complete with illustrations and photographs. Sponsor: Dr. Diana Weedman Molavi, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Probe the Brain
An interactive activity where you can stimulate a brain electrically from the comfort of your own computer. Sponsor: PBS On-Line

The Reconstructors
An interactive adventure-type game in which students learn about the beneficial and harmful effects of drugs. Sponsor: Rice University, Houston TX

Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World
Photographs, colorful animations,and easy-to-read text to describe the fascinating world of sight, smell, and hearing. There is also a section on illusions and brain imaging. Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Society for Neuroscience
Society directory, meeting announcements, society publications including Brain Briefings," "Brain Backgrounders," The Neuroscience Newsletter and the Journal of Neuroscience. Sponsor: Society for Neuroscience

University of Scranton Neuroscience Program
Links to student projects; sheep brain atlas. Sponsor: Dr. Tim Cannon, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

The Whole Brain Atlas
Images of normal and abnormal human brain. Sponsor: Dr. Keith A. Johnson, Harvard University, Boston, MA


  1. Isaac Asimov, How Did We Find Out About The Brain?, Walker and Co., New York, 1987, pp. 61. (Grade 6-up)
  2. Susan L. Barrett, It's All in Your Head, Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis, 1992, pp. 151. (Grade 9-up)
  3. Melvin Berger, Exploring the Mind and Brain, Thomas Y. Crowell, New York, 1983, pp. 117. (Grade 6-up)
  4. Ruth Dowling Bruun and Bertel Bruun, The Brain - What It Is, What It Does, Green Willow Books, New York, 1989, pp. 63. (Grade 3-6).
  5. Faith Hickman Brynie, 101 Questions Your Brain Has Asked About Itself but Couldn't Answer...Until Now, The Millbrook Press, Brookfield, 1998, pp. 176 (Grade 6 and up)
  6. Charles B. Clayman, The Brain and Nervous System, Dorling Kindersley, New York, 1991, pp. 144. (Grade 4 and up)
  7. Roberta Conlan (editor), States of Mind: New Discoveries About How Our Brains Make Us Who We Are, Dana Press, New York, 1999, pp. 214 (Grade 7 and up)
  8. Joel Davis, Mapping the Mind. The Secrets of the Human Brain and How It Works, Birch Lane Press, Secaucus, 1997, pp. 289. (Grade 9 and up)
  9. Marian C. Diamond, Arnold B. Scheibel, Lawrence M. Elson, The Human Brain Coloring Book, Barnes and Noble Books, New York, 1985, pp. 301. (Grade 4 and up)
  10. Sylvia Funston and Jay Ingram, It's All in Your Brain, Grosset and Dunlap, New York, 1995, pp. 64. (Grade 3-9)
  11. Susan A. Greenfield, The Human Brain, BasicBooks, New York, 1997, pp. 160 (Grade 9-up).
  12. Susan A. Greenfield, The Human Mind Explained, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1996, pp.192 (Grade 6-up).
  13. Kenneth A. Klivington, The Science of the Mind, MIT Press, Cambridge, 1989, pp. 239. (Grade 9-up)
  14. Leslie Jean LeMaster, Your Brain and Nervous System, Childrens Press, Chicago, 1984, pp. 47. (Grade 2-5)
  15. Douglas Mathers, Brain, Troll Associates, 1992, pp. 32. (Grades 3-6)
  16. Anne D. Novitt-Moreno, How Your Brain Works, Ziff-Davis Press, Emeryville, 1995, pp. 170 (Grade 9-up).
  17. Steve Parker, Brain Surgery for Beginners and Other Major Operations for Minors, Millbrook Press, Brookfield 1995, pp. 62. (Grade 4-7)
  18. Steve Parker, The Brain and Nervous System, Franklin Watts, London, 1990, pp. 48. (Grade 4-9)
  19. Steve Parker, Nerves to Senses: Projects in Biology, Gloucester Press, New York, 1991, pp. 32. (Grades 4-9).
  20. Tabitha M. Powledge, Your Brain: How You Got It and How it Works, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1994, pp. 210 (Grade 9 and up)
  21. Pete Rowan, Big Head! A Book About Your Brain and Your Head, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998, pp. 44 (Grade 5 and up).
  22. Seymour Simon, The Brain: Our Nervous System, Morrow Junior Books, New York, 1997. (Grade 3-6).
  23. Richard Walker, Brain: Our Body's Nerve Center, Grolier Educational, Danbury, 1998, pp. 48 (grade K-6).

Pamphlets (Free!)

  1. Breaking the Silence - material on mental health
  2. Curriculum supplement on Vision - grades 4-6
  3. Discovery Networks’ Educator Guide
  4. Education Guide for "Close to Home"
  5. "Fact Sheets" from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
  6. Mental Health publications from the National Institute of Mental Health
  7. National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month Materials
  8. Newsletter from the National Brain Tumor Foundation
  9. "Notes" from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
  10. Parkinson's Disease Literature from the National Parkinson Foundation
  11. Publications from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety - Sleep and Driving
  12. Publications from the Center of Mental Health Services
  13. Publications from the DANA Foundation Press
  14. Publications from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  15. Publications from The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
  16. Publications from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  17. Publications from the National Eye Institute
  18. Publications from the National Information Center on Deafness
  19. Publications from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders
  20. Publications from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  21. Publications from Research to Prevent Blindness
  22. Scientific American Frontiers Teacher Guides
  23. Software - Neural Pathways of the Auditory Nerve
  24. Traffic Safety Materials - (head injury prevention)

Posters (Free!)

  1. Antismoking poster with the US Women's Soccer Team
  2. Boyz II Men Smoke-Free Poster
  3. Brain Response to Drugs - EXCELLENT POSTERS from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
  4. Girl Power! Posters, Stickers, Buttons, Bookmarks - "Power to be Drug Free"
  5. Posters from The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
  6. Posters from the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  7. Posters from Transduction Laboratories
  8. Posters from the Washington State Substance Abuse Coalition Home Page
  9. Tobacco Prevention Posters (and pamphlets)

Video Tapes/Audio Tapes/CD-ROM

  1. Brain Power Brain Surgery Video
  2. CD: "The Brain's Inner Workings" from the National Institute of Mental Health
  3. Video and teacher guide - I Love What I Hear - for grades 3-6
  4. Videos from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  5. Videos/Audio Tapes from The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information