Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Week 8 Blog #2: Tools for studying the Brain and Neurons

In the past, I have shied away from the physiology that goes along with psychology because in many cases I did not know what I was talking about or I did not know an interesting and helpful way to teach it.  When I started teaching AP Psychology I could no longer side step it, I had to at least "cover it" in class.  My methods were not always the most sound, but I have come a long way.  Here are some tools that I use when teaching about these very important concepts.

Here is a link to a The Psych Files Podcast with a Podcast Video Titled "How to memorize the parts of the brain."  In addition to being a resource to the brain, it appears to have A LOT of other great podcasts dealing with Psychology.

The following is a Youtube clip that uses cartoon mice to illustrate how heroin effects the neurons in the brain.

To play the game and explore the effects of other illegal drugs on the brain, go to Mouse Party.

This final video is an Animaniacs clip of the Brain Song.

Several of my students told me that songs like these really help them remember.


  1. Hi Jeremy,
    It's amazing how much we learn when we begin teaching. I had to follow similar processes by finding resources for myself and my students when I began to teach. I've learned that this process never stops, though! Great find with these videos.

  2. Darla,

    Thanks. In todays age with our digital natives, I often send them out in search of these tools. I am pretty sure one of my students found the Animaniacs song for our class. I have also relied on student teachers. One of my student teachers found he Mouse Party link and introduced it to my class.

    Thanks again,


  3. Jeremy, I love that you are using many different types of resources to teach your students. Even when the content is serious, the method can be creative and innovative and it works even better. I love Pinky and the Brain, it was fun to see them again!

  4. Jeremy,

    Your video on heroin and its effects on the nervous system was quite educational and fairly easy to follow. Good choice!