Websites

1. Ramachandran Reith Lectures and Additional Illusions/games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2003/

Although these lectures are a few years old they are classic and well worth a listen. Ramachandran explains the intriguing effects of some kinds of brain injury and phenomena such as phantom limbs and synaesthesia (where senses are intertwined). His style is entertaining, easily accessible and full of useful information. Explore the rest of the site as it includes some interesting illusions and experiments.

 

2. Brain Atlas

http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/cases/caseM/mr1_t/024.html

This atlas shows slices through the whole brain and allows you to click which part of the brain you want to see. It contains the typical brain and also tours through brains with diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and many other conditions.

 

3. fMRI for Newbies

http://culhamlab.ssc.uwo.ca/fmri4newbies/

This is a crash course in how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, a widely used method of investigating the brain) works.

 

4. The Split Brain Game

http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/split-brain/index.html

This website is based on the fascinating experiments conducted with patients that had the connection (corpus callosum) between the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain cut, usually in cases of severe epilepsy.  There is a description of the original experimental findings and these studies demonstrate laterality, i.e. that each hemisphere has some functions that the other does not. There is a game to play based on these experiments that at first seems a bit childish and slow but if you persevere it gets much better and really helps understanding.

 

5. The Museum of Accurate Scientifically Fabric Brain Art

http://harbaugh.uoregon.edu/Brain/

This site contains images of the most amazingly accurate fabric brains made by hooking, quilting, appliqué, embroidery, beadwork, knitting and crocheting. The actual artworks are displayed in various galleries but this website brings images of them together.