22 Activities

Exercises: Read, Watch & Listen

Quickly Memorize the Parts of the Brain offer some creative ideas for how to remember the names of the different parts of the brain and what they do!

Video 4.1: Quickly Memorize the Parts of the Brain, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xnMLr-sF7o&feature=youtu.be), posted by Michael Britt

Exercises: Read, Watch & Listen

Stabbed in the Brain: Phineas Gage: The curious case of Phinease Gage.

Video 4.2: Stabbed in the Brain: Phineas Gage (https://youtu.be/FrULrWRlGBA), posted by vlogbrothers.

Exercises: Read, Interact & Learn

  • Dopamine: The Two-Faced Molecule behing Addiction and Parkinson’s Disease: An in-depth look at how scientists have explored the role of dopamine in human behaviour: (https://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2012/may/18/neuroscience-psychology)
  • 3D Brain: This app will help you understand more about the brain: (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/3d-brain/id331399332?mt=8)
  • Neuroscience for Kids: Aimed at children, this site explores neuroscience in an engaging way:

Exercise: Watch & Learn

The video The Brain takes you a bit beyond what the text covers concerning the brain.

Video 4.3: The Brain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMKc8nfPATI) uploaded by Bozeman Science.


Exercises: Watch & Listen

And these two crash course episodes cover the nervous system:

Video 4.4The Nervous System, Part 1: Crash Course A&P #8 (https://youtu.be/qPix_X-9t7E) posted by CrashCourse. 


Video 4.5: The Nervous System, Part 2 – Action! Potential: Crash Course A&P #9 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZG8M_ldA1M) posted by CrashCourse.



Exercises: Do & Think

Video 4.6: The Human Brain: The Nueron (https://www.learner.org/series/discoveringpsychology /brain/brain_flash.html) uploaded by Neuroscientifically Challenged.

Then see if you can answer the following questions:

  1. A good estimate of how many neurons are in the human brain would be:
    a. hundreds
    b. thousands
    c. millions
    d. billions
  2. Another word for cell body is:
    a. dendrite
    b. centre
    c. soma
    d. axon
  3. An electrical signal travelling down an axon is called a(n)
    a. myelin sheath
    b. current signal
    c. action potential
    d. active charge
  4. Dendrites:
    a. receive signals
    b. release neurotransmitters
    c. analyze information
    d. all of the above

Answers: 1. d | 2. c  |  3. c  |  4. a

  • Health, Sports and Psychology: This exploration of hemispheric differences includes some questions to make sure you have understood the material (http://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/psychology/starting-psychology/content-section-2.1)
  • Imagine that you have been asked to teach a class of 10 year olds about the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems and their role in our response to stress. Think about how you would explain the material to them and some examples you might use.


Bozeman Science, (2014). The brain. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMKc8nfPATI

Britt, Michael. (2012). Quickly memorize the parts of the brain. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xnMLr-sF7o&feature=youtu.be)

Chudler, Eric. (2018). Neuroscience for kids. Retrieved from http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html

Cold Spring Harbor Laborator. (n.d.). 3D Brain. [Computer App]. Retrived from https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/3d-brain/id331399332?mt=8

CrashCourse. (2015). The Nervous System, Part 2 – Action! Potential: Crash Course A&P #9. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZG8M_ldA1M

CrashCourse. (2015). The Nervous System, Part 1: Crash Course A&P #8. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/qPix_X-9t7E

Kucuk, Ugur Erdem. (2014) 2-minute neuroscience: The Neuron. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/6qS83wD29PY

Leaner, Annenberg. (2017). The human brain. Retrieved from https://www.learner.org/series /discoveringpsychology/brain/brain_flash.html

Open Learn. Open Learning from the Free University. (2018). Starting with psychology: A brain of two halves. Retrieved from http://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/psychology/starting-psychology/content-section-2.1

The Newton Channel. (2012). Dopamine: the two-faced molecule behind addiction and Parkinson’s disease. [Video File]. Retreived from http://www.theguardian.com/science/ video/2012/may/18/neuroscience-psychology

Vlogbrothers. (2010). Stabbed in the brain: Phineas Gage. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/FrULrWRlGBA


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