If you follow our blog, you’re no doubt familiar with the print and video resources we offer about the brain. In this blog, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the wonderful offerings you can find on the website of a key Brain Awareness Week partner, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
On the newly relaunched BrainFacts.org, you can find a beginner’s guide to the brain and nervous system. Under eight neuroscience “core concepts,” you’ll receive an overview on everything from how neurons communicate, to the source of curiosity. A short (under two-minute) video accompanies each concept, along with an interactive activity and related reading.
Speaking of interactive, you must check out the 3-D brain model! Want to know more about the cerebellum? You can navigate straight to it through a search tool and receive the location and definition of that brain structure. Or, if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, you can click on different parts of the rotating brain for the same information.
For teachers looking to incorporate neuroscience into the classroom, check out the Educator’s section. You’ll find activities and lessons, such as the Brain Basics Quiz, a 25-question quiz that tests students’ knowledge of neuromyths and neuroanatomy. Educators can also use the “Find a Neuroscientist” feature to connect with nearby neuroscientists (the database has scientists in more than 40 countries). This is also a great resource for our Brain Awareness Week partners who want to work with a local neuroscientist.
And don’t miss out on the Brain Awareness Video Contest! An annual event, you can submit a short explainer video for the chance to win cash prizes and attend the annual SfN meeting (sunny San Diego this year). Read the guidelines and watch past winning videos for inspiration.
This is the tip of the iceberg—t ake some time to navigate through BrainFacts.org to find helpful tools and articles for outreach or just for yourself!
– Ann L. Whitman