The human brain is staggeringly complex, and its structure can seem impossible to grasp. This user-friendly app allows for exploration of the brain's anatomy, providing nomenclature, 3-D mapping, and functions.
The navigation of this reference tool is simple.
First, select from one of the four atlas types, or parts of the brain:
- Brodmann Areas
If these terms are unfamiliar, don't write this resource off quite yet.
Each of the four main categories leads to a subset of terms from which to choose. For example, if you choose Lobes, the following options appear:
At this point, you can view a 3-D MRI scan of all four areas, or select a specific lobe to get another subset of terms and images.
The app allows you to view selections from numerous perspectives and manipulate the image by rotation or slicing.
- Right or left hemisphere
- Sagittal slice
- Axial slice
- Coronal slice
Hundreds upon hundreds of terms and images make for a useful reference app.
Anatomy/physiology, and psychology classes could use this app to identify the parts of the brain and label them on a worksheet. They could be given a list of terms to define, or you could simply use it as a supplemental visual aid in your instruction.
While this reference tool may be more suitable for advanced psychology or physiology students, it will engage high schoolers more than 2-D images in a textbook. One drawback is the resolution of images is not high, and it appears to have been designed more for a smartphone.
- Easy to use
- Thorough coverage
- Unimpressive image quality