A Collection of Low-Cost Neuroanatomy Manipulatives for the Neuroscience Classroom

While good resources in the form of color images, 3D manipulation apps, coloring book pages, and videos exist to aid the neuroscience student in learning basic gross neuroanatomy, nothing beats a good, active-learning, hands-on, manipulative exercise.  This session will cover several exercises that can be adapted for the introductory modules of General Psychology, or the more challenging material of a semester-long Neuroscience or Behavioral Neuroscience course.  The session will focus on 1) clay modeling of brain parts using life-size plastic ventricles (human) as a starting point, and 2) the dissection of sheep brains aided by use of eco-friendly natural stains to enhance white/gray matter distinctions, but will also include a presentation of attempts to 3D print, sculpt, and mold low-cost ventricle models, as well as reviewing other neuroanatomy resources available to the instructor such as a printable brain "cap", and a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey-type labeling exercise.  Session attendees will try their hand at clay modeling, and examine sheep-brain slices stained with mulberry juice and other natural substances.

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Session Time and Location

1:00pm to 1:50pm
Library Room

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Conference Year

SETOP 2017