Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brain Internet Search and Discover

Below is an assignment I do when I can get a computer lab for my regular psychology class.  Our school of 3000 has only two labs.  I love each of these sites--I use this assignment as a springboard into the brain and neuroscience after my students have become familiar with the brain (after about a week or two).  It is NOT a webquest, but rather a search and discover (my term, nothing official).  I checked all the links this morning and they all work. Many of my students are also poor and do not have computers and/or internet access at home to complete the assignment.

We have an alternating block schedule.  Given that, I added the last two sites on optical illusions for the students who work more quickly and give them something that could be endlessly entertaining.  My biggest goal is exposure to the possibilities of the brain and topics that interest them--that's why I began with sleep ;)

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Mr. Schallhorn's Psychology/Brain             Name                                                                                                     Per         
Internet Search and Discover (rev. 10/13)

Follow ALL Directions:
·         Today's exercise is designed to take your through some excellent sites about the brain and help you review and understand the ideas for the unit.
·         Complete each section before moving on to the next one.
·         Go to my web site to access all these specific sites without having to type in each link.

Site 1: The Teenage Brain: Why We Sleep

This link examines why teens sleep so differently than other people.  Read the first several sections and explain what the research says about teens and sleep.






Site 2: The Brain in 3-D Form-- http://www.g2conline.org/ --once here, look to the right and view the 3-D brain section

This link shows the brain in 3-Dimensional form. 

Play with the simulation to get a feel for the brain and how parts relate to one another.  Do this and read the descriptions at the right of the page.  Spend about five minutes doing this.  Name three things you learned about the brain by using this tool.




This link explains in detail and great color just how science can scan the brain. What does each do and HOW does it achieve its measurement of the brain.




Site 4: Brains in the News--http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/inthenews.html

Neuroscience for Kids--in the News
Choose one of the articles and give a four-six sentence summary of its contents.

Site 5: Brain Games

Neuroscience for Kids--Neuroscience Games
Choose a game that is for kids in high school. Play it and report back as to what you learned from it.

Site 6: Topic of Your Choice

Scan the article titles on this page. Make a list of topics  (at least 8x) the magazine is currently offering.

Site 7: Medical News Today ArticleSearch this site for articles dealing with the brain (easy search box at the top).  Choose and article.  Choose one and create a mini-report (summarize in 4-6 sentences on the article topics about which you read).  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

Site 8: Sheep Brain Dissection
This link takes you through the dissection of a sheep brain and the connection to that of a human brain.  Please take key notes (at least 8) that are important to understand the brain.

Site 9: Society for Neuroscience: http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainfacts
Take a look at the page.  Choose one of the topics under “main page.”  Read that section and summarize it here.

Optical Illusions Sites
Go to the following links and experience the world of optical illusions. What do you see—what illusions grab your attention and why




What is happening to you when you view these illusions?  What is your reaction to it?


Ms. Shaughnessy-Zeena said...

Thank you so much for sharing this.

Ali said...

THANK YOU for this. The links worked, and more importantly my students worked :) really appreciate you creating this. -Ali