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Brain and Nervous System

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  1. Brain (Franklin Institute)
      Shows how we get better at tasks as we repeat them. 5-02

  1. Brain and Neuroscience (Awesome Library)
      Provides articles on the brain and neuroscience. Most articles are for advanced high school students or above. 5-02

  2. Brain and Neuroscience Resources (Chudler)
      Provides over 100 sources of information. 5-02

  1. A Bigger Brain Is Not Necessarily Better (
      "Cows, for example, have larger brains than just about any species of monkey, but unless they're very, very good at hiding it, cows are almost certainly less cognitively capable than most, if not all, 'lesser-brained' primates."

      "The average human brain weighs in at around 3 pounds, and an elephant brain can weigh close to four times that much, but the biggest brains of all come sperm whales, and weigh an average of 17 pounds." 04-16

  2. Brain and Neuroscience (Chudler)
      Provides articles and diagrams for students to learn about the brain, spinal cord, senses, and neuroscience. 5-00.

  3. List of Animals by Number of Neurons in the Brain. (
      Neurons are considered a key to intelligence. Humans are not first in this list. 04-16

  4. Man "Rewires" Own Brain: A First (USA Today)
      "Doctors have their first proof that a man who was barely conscious for nearly 20 years regained speech and movement because his brain spontaneously rewired itself by growing tiny new nerve connections to replace the ones sheared apart in a car crash." 07-06

  5. Man Moves Objects With Thoughts (BBC News)
      "A sensor implanted in a paralysed man's brain has enabled him to control objects by using his thoughts alone." 07-06

  6. Robotic Arm Directed by Thoughts (BBC News)
      "Scientists in the US have created a robotic arm that can be controlled by thought alone." 06-06

  7. Who Has a Better Brain: Liberals or Conservatives? (CBS News)
      "The brains of people who call themselves liberals tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes than the brains of people on the opposite side of the political spectrum, the study showed. The anterior cingulate cortex is a collar-shaped region around the corpus collosum, a structure that relays signals between the right and left hemispheres of the brain."

      "What about conservatives? Their brains brains tend to have larger amygdalas. The amygdala is an almond-shaped structure located deep within the brain."

      "Based upon what brain scientists know about the function of the two brain regions, researchers believe the structural differences support the notion that liberals are better equipped to make sense of conflicting information while conservatives are better able to recognize a threat." 04-11

  1. Brain and Neuroscience Worksheets (Chudler)
      Provides games, puzzles, lessons, and other forms of worksheets to learn about the brain, spinal cord, and neuroscience. 5-02.


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