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Free Online Resources

  • National Research Council (NRC). (1999). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. [Online:].Washington, DC: National Academy Press. -a good overview of the context of cognitive science’s place in education.
  • National Research Council (NRC). (2005). How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom. [Online: ]. Committee on How People Learn, A Targeted Report for Teachers, Center for Studies on Behavior and Development, National Research Council. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. -a more specific look at how brain research can be applied to learning goals for academic subjects.
  • Society for Neuroscience. (2005, 2012). Brain Facts. [Online: and] . Society for Neuroscience. -a basic overview of neuroscience from medical experts, 52-page download on the brain and nervous system, or view interactively online.
  • Neuroscience: Science of the Brain: An Introduction for Young Students. (2008).[Online:]. British Neuroscience Association and European Dana Alliance for the Brain—a good overview resource for students and teachers alike. Free PDF download or can order hardcopies.
  • Dana Foundation. (2007, 4th Ed.). The Dana sourcebook of brain science: Resources for teachers and students. [Online:]. New York, NY: Dana Press -This site also includes the downloadable Dana Sourcebook answer key, classroom materials, and DVD. The Dana Foundation also publishes free PDF summaries of neuroscience research findings.
  • Rose, D. H., Strangman, N., and Rappolt, G. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. [Online:]. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). -good information on the recognition, affective and strategic systems of the brain and reaching all types of learners.
  • Neuroscience and Education: Issues and Opportunities: A Commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (UK)
  • National Institutes of Health: Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. (n.d.). [Online:]. National Institutes of Health: Science Education Office. -click on Brain and Nervous System, or grade level options for videos, interactive information, lesson plans. Site includes information on all body systems and a number of health and wellness issues.

Websites for General Information and Ongoing Updates:
International Mind, Brain and Education Society, with links to the MBE.Pons newsletter and previews of their award-winning journal, Mind Brain and Education.
Neuroscience for Kids—great site with introductory information for kids and adults
Link to information on the brain which is part of the broader Kids Health site of the Nemours Foundation: "KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media."
National Institutes of Health Science Education resources for teachers, including a section on the brain and nervous system, related articles under genetics, mental health, vision, endocrinology, substance use/abuse prevention etc., as well as grade level information, CD-ROM downloads, PDFs of units and teachers’ guides. Includes how modules relate to national science standards.
Discover Magazine’s updates on new findings from brain research (very readable summaries), full online article access for subscribers
Scientific American features Mind & Brain or Mind Matters on their Online Sections drop down menu. Mind Matters includes a series of articles focusing on the mind/brain with additional interesting illustrations, videos, illusions. Some areas are public, some require subscription. The Talaris Research Institute’s site for parents with practical, mind/brain research-based information on typical early child development and how parents can support healthy development. Talaris Research Institute’s founding director was Dr. John Medina, of and the Seattle Pacific University Brain Center for Applied Learning Research. The Institute also produces the 60-second Research Spotlights on parent/child communication, emotions, exploring, and emergent literacy that run on PBS.
The Brain Connection
many Public Broadcasting (PBS) series on the mind/brain (search for keywords mind brain)
Howard Hughes Medical Center video lectures, Biointeractive: Teach Ahead of the Textbook, includes clear explanations of basic brain functions and mechanisms.     (click on information for the General Public, Media, or Educators)
Society for Neuroscience: "SfN is committed to partnering with educators to engage students in learning about the brain and nervous system. By integrating current, accurate neuroscience content into science teaching, SfN will assist in building capacity for K-12 teachers and enhancing science education." - incl. resources for educators, can sign up for SFN Brain Briefings mailings
Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Many online and video resources giving overviews of key topics available through no-cost sign-up with copyright agreement assurances. Materials also available for purchase. Search for keywords: cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, mind, brain, development, etc.
Many colorful 3d artist renditions of human anatomy, including the central nervous system (and other biological systems), available to view on their site or purchase as downloads, also some free clip art that can be used with their citation
A commercial site that offers a collection of brain models, brain charts, and "fun stuff" such as brain pencil toppers, "got brains" bumper stickers,  jewelry, T-shirts; some items, like the charts and models are from other primary retailers, such as Boston Scientific or
"The Dana Foundation center for brain science news: Visit the Brain Information and BrainWeb section to find general information about the brain and current brain research, and to link to validated sites related to more than 25 brain disorders. Brainy Kids Online offers children, parents, and teachers a site with activities for younger children, puzzles, links to excellent educational resources, and lesson plan suggestions. Brain Resources for Seniors provides older adults with links to sites related to brain health."
Nature Neuroscience’s podcasts site, "neuropod", produced with the Dana Foundation features a broad range of podcasts drawn from articles published in Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and Nature Reviews Neuroscience, as well as news from international neuroscience conferences. Full articles can be purchased individually, or are available through the journals.
A complete online brain atlas with many actual high-resolution medical photos and cross-sections of brains from multiple species, including homo sapiens.
comparative mammalian brain site from University of Wisconsin and Michigan State Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections, and those at the National Museum of Health and Medicine
Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World: an online report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute brain site, information, explanations, illustrations, interactive glossary, other resources

Learning and the Brain Conference: Sponsored by Harvard, Yale, Boston Univ., Dana Foundation, AACTE, MIT, NASSP, others; holds regular conferences in Boston and San Francisco. Learning and the Brain Society web site; interdisciplinary conferences on cognitive development /psychology /neuroscience related to learning, articles, discussion board (some areas require membership).
International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES). Their Mind, Brain and Education journal was voted best new journal in the social sciences in 2008. The site includes full text online of the first edition of the journal and a number of downloadable podcasts.