Visualizing NeuroscienceL Learning about the Brain through Artby: Eric H. Chudler and Paula Konrady

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Neuroscience is a subject that can motivate, excite, and stimulate the curiosity of everyone. However, the study of the brain is made difficult by an abundance of new vocabulary words and abstract concepts. The art activities included in this article have been used successfully to teach neuroscience to middle school students. With these connections, students can build on their knowledge of neuroscientific concepts and vocabulary.

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  • on Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:32 PM

Students use art and the creation of models to understand how the brain works. Using models is not a new concept and making a physical model engages a different aspect of our brains. This activity is laid out and there is a rubric for assessing. Some educators don’t like to make models because it is time consuming and requires supplies and space. One has to keep in mind that doing is not just engaging in experiments and that we often remember when we do something different.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:01 PM

The activities listed are well within the abilities of middle school students and the topics tie in with what our state has classified as health activities, but other states may place these in the science departments. However, I feel the authors are stretching with their choice of benchmarks that these activities address. The article just seems like more of an advertisement for a website than to meet student needs at a middle level. That said, the activites might also be useful for a high school human physiology class, or perhaps the middle level health class previously mentioned.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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