Sleep, Stress and the Brain

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ASRC neuroscientists explore how physical and social environments affect the brain to develop treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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June 3, 2020
Our circadian rhythms involve more than just when we go to sleep and when we wake up. They also involve environmental cues like light and temperature. Read more »

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November 28, 2019
A new study from scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY provides new insights into the ways people respond to stressful situations. Read more »

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November 11, 2019
A new study may help scientists develop new treatments for multiple sclerosis. Read more »

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Activities and Resources

Credit for the activities below belongs to Neuroscience for Kids.

Be sure to visit the site for  additional information and resources on these and many more exercises and games designed for teaching about neuroscience and the brain.

Model a Brain

Create a model brain and indicate different structures using colors.

Age range: Grades K-12

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Thinking Cap

Create a cap form of a brain to show the different areas of the cerebral cortex

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Connect the Dots

Understand the complexity of the brain, how the neurons extend and make connections to all parts our body.

Age range: Grades K-6

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Model a Retina Image

Understand how our eyes see objects and our brains make sense of what our eyes see.

Age range: Grades 4-12

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Saltatory Conduction/Action Potential

Undertand how myelinated axons transmit action potentials and race to raise the treshold of a resting potential

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Mr. Egghead – Cerebrospinal Fluid

Demonstrate the make up of a brain with an egg

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Emotion Notion

Make an emoji collage of the expressions people make

Age range: Grades K-6

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Brain Comparison

Compare and contrast the brain and its functions to objects

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Outdoor Games

These games are best played outside or inside where there is a lot of space to run around and address concepts including synapses, neurons, action potential, and more.

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Make a Neuron

Create a model neuron; indicate different structures using colors and make neural networks out of the models

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Make the Bones of the Vertebrae

Create a human vertebrae and identify the divisions of the 33 bones that surround the segments of the spinal cord.

Age range: Grades K-12

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Compare and Contrast

Dissect and identify the parts of an actual brain.

Age range: Grades K-12

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Message Transmission

Understand how messages are transmitted from one neuron to another through demonstrations

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Nervous System Kid

Trace a human body and map out the organ and cells of the nervous system

Age range: Grades K-6

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Slice and Dice

Understand anatomical directions and planes of sections

Age range: Grades 3-12

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Brain Charades

Describe the functions of the brain and nervous system

Age range: Grades 3-6

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Biological Rhythms

A collection of experiments addressing the markers and effects of circadian rhythms in the brain.

Age range: Grades 3-12

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