In the Lab

Collage of scientists prepping and looking at slides
When the Calgary Brain Bank receives a donation, neuroscientist Jeffrey Joseph meticulously divvies up tissue samples for researchers to study.
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Your selections: In the Lab
Animals in research are good for humans and the animals, too. Learn about the many benefits to this approach: teachers edition.
  • Kids 4 Research
What gives you goosebumps? Discover the science behind fear and what makes it such a powerful emotional response.
  • California Science Center
See for yourself what happens to the brain during a head injury. This short video is a great resource to enhance your lesson plans.
  • PBS
It's alive! Learn about living systems and how you can incorporate them into your lessons.
  • National Institutes of Health
Why do scientists use animals in research? Use this resource to understand the process and benefits of animal research.
  • Understanding Animal Research
One professor describes her first encounter with a human brain.
Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the large effort expended in developing and testing BMIs and the ultimate goal of long-term safe and useful application of BMI technology to humans.
  • The Dana Foundation
Neurons in the brain and spinal cord cooperate to control complex movements, such as walking or swimming. Studying simple animals helps us understand how motion develops.
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Whiskers give mice a tactile advantage. Scientists study the brains of mutant mice to learn about the development of specific brain regions, such as those involved in touch.
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Dragonflies hover smoothly in part thanks to information collected by their eyes. Knowing these insects' retinal circuitry helps scientists understand how neurons process spatial data.
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The giant sea slug Apylsia has a simple nervous system that makes them a useful model for neuroscience research. They also have rows of tiny sharp teeth, which cover a tongue-like structure.
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Do lost connections between brain regions guarantee impaired function? Imaging techniques show normal functional activity in people with missing links, spurring scientists to say: not necessarily.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.