Which Parts Of The Brain Do What?

How did we figure out what parts of the brain are responsible for speaking, walking, and remembering? Young neurologists go back in time to witness the discoveries of Paul Broca, the first physician to conduct experiments to determine the functions of different parts of the brain. The video explains Broca's findings and combines them with current brain research techniques and results.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to supplement a unit about the brain and nervous system
  • Locate and show an image of a current map of the brain to allow class members to see how research has progressed since Broca's experiments in 1861
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils may find the mention of animal testing upsetting; consider prefacing the video to include a brief discussion of the topic
Pros

  • The video shows how our ideas about the brain and how it works have evolved as new research technology has become available
  • Illustrations help learners visualize the different regions of the brain and their functions
Cons

  • None
Common Core