Atlanta is home to great Neuroscience Research and Public Education programs from many participating institutions. The goal of the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (ACSfN) is to provide a forum for bringing together these resources.

The ACSfN sponsors Brain Awareness Programs in Atlanta. Teachers can request a scientist to visit their classroom. ACSFN Participating Institutions maintain a variety of Neuroscience Teaching Materials including Brains that may be used in outreach activities.

ACSfN Lending Library Catalog

The ACSFN has a collection of resources that is available for use in K-12, undergraduate and graduate classrooms, as well as for special events, lectures, or workshops. All of the materials are housed at Yerkes National Primate Research Center (http://www.yerkes.emory.edu/) and can be "checked out" for educational purposes.

Catalog of available teaching materials.
Photo Description
sheep brain

Preserved Sheep Brain, Dura Mater Removed, Plain, Pail (Quantity: 2)
Description: Sheep brains are the perfect specimen to study mammalian brain structure. A sheep brain is similar to a human brain and the structures are easily identified. Standard formalin sheep brains are shipped in Carosafe®, Carolina’s proprietary shipping and holding fluid. Carosafe® is an odorless fluid designed to minimize the unpleasant odor of formaldehyde. Brains are available in pails or in damp-packed, vacuum-sealed bags.

horse brain

Horse Brain (Quantity: 1)
Description: This large, whole brain is an alternative to a calf brain. It features the hypophysis and some intact cranial nerves.

pig brain

Pig Brain (Quantity: 1)
Description: Preserved whole pig brain.

rat brain

Rodent Brain (Quantity 1)
Description: Preserved whole prairie vole and mouse brains are available.

Rhesus Macaque Brain (Quantity 1)
Description: Preserved whole rhesus macaque brain is available.

Human Brain (Quantity 2)
Description: Preserved whole and half (sagittal) human brains are available.

Comparative Brains Plastomount (Quantity: 1)
Description: Fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal brains mounted together. Size, 6 × 3”.

Sheep Brain Biosmount (Quantity: 1)
Description: Biosmount™ preparation. Dissected with external and internal views exposed. Two median sagittal sections and 2 transverse sections. Labeled. Size, 5 × 10 1/2”

Brain Collection Museum Mount (Quantity: 1)
Description: Various Size and Shapes of Brain from Five Different Vertebrate Classes. Each brain includes the eyes. The five species represented are: cat, chicken, turtle or snake, frog, and perch. The cat cranial blood vessels are injected for better clarity. Each specimen is clearly labeled. Size: 4"W x 3"D x 15 3/4"H.

Cat Brain Anatomy Museum Mount (Quantity: 1)
Description: This mount is an excellent counterpart to the Brain Collection because it focuses on one species. Included in the collection is a whole brain with eyes, a median sagitally sectioned brain, plus cross and horizontal sections of the cerebrum and cerebellum. The cranial arteries of each specimen are injected with red pigment to highlight certain features. All specimens are mounted on a black plate and 12 structures are identified. Size: 3"W x 2"D x 15 1/4"H.

Half Brain-Sensory/Motor (Quantity: 1)
Description: Normal right half brain features: frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal lobes, cerebellum, interthalmic adhesion, corpus callosum, pons, midbrain-central peduncle, olfactory bulb, optic nerve, optic chiasm, mammillary body and medulla oblongata.

Nerve Synapse (Quantity: 1)
Description: Magnified many thousands of times, this depiction of a synapse is based upon electron microscopic interpretation. Sectioned open, the synaptic knob reveals its neurotubules, neurofilaments, synaptic vesicles, and the membranous ultrastructure of the postsynaptic apparatus.

Giant Brain (Quantity: 1)
Description: Our largest brain model, this giant replica is 2.5 times life-size, and ideal for hands-on study in large groups. Highly detailed, all of the brain’s structures and the ventricles are visible through the median, frontal and horizontal sections. Sits on removable base.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease Chart (Quantity: 1)
Description: Defines Alzheimer's disease and discusses the aging brain, dementia, and diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. It lists risk factors, describes the three main stages of Alzheimer's disease, and provides key management techniques for both patients and their families and caregivers.
The chart illustrates and discusses the areas of the brain affected by the disease.
Explains and shows a close up view of amyloid plaques (also called senile plaques)
Describes and illustrates the following:
physical changes to the cerebral cortex
abnormal cellular structures involved (granulovacuolar degeneration and neurofibrillary tangles)
normal neuron and how Alzheimer's disease destroys the way neurons "talk" to each other.

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Chart (Quantity: 1)
Description: defines Parkinson's disease. Labeled illustrations include: Coronal section of the brain Lateral view of the brain Neurotransmitters- describes their role and the steps from a neuron receiving a message to post-message release of dopamine Shows a figure with a tremor impulse coming from the brain down the arm and explains the involvement of the brain with body movement Lists the causes and risk factors of Parkinson's disease describes and illustrates common signs and symptoms lists related symptoms such as decreased sense of smell, depression, and sleep problems describes various management and treatment options such as medications, surgery, and therapy. illustrates an electrode brain implant on a figure with a mask-like expression

Anatomy of the Brain Anatomical Chart (Quantity: 1)
Description: Illustrations by renowned medical illustrator Keith Kasnot is one of our most popular charts. Beautiful, clear illustrations make the structures of the brain come alive. All illustrations are clearly labeled and vividly colored.
Illustrations include:
Central image showing major structures, cerebral hemispheres and key cranial nerves
Arteries of the Brain (base and right side views)
Venous Sinuses
Lobes of the brain
Cross-section of meninges & venous sinuses
Typical nerve and glial cells
Circulation of cerebrospinal fluid

ROBOROACH:
With the RoboRoach you can briefly wirelessly control the left/right movement of a cockroach by microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The RoboRoach is a great way to learn about neural microstimulation, learning, and electronics! The RoboRoach "backpack" weighs 4.4 grams with the battery. Following a brief surgery you perform on the cockroach to attach the silver electrodes to the antenna, you can attach the backpack to the roach and control its movement for a few minutes before the cockroach adapts. When you return the cockroach to its cage for ~20 minutes, he "forgets" and the stimulation works again. **Must download 1x Free iOS or Android 4.3+ application for remote control and must order your own live roaches.

Prism Goggles (Quantity: 4)
Description: Perception goggles are plastic safety goggles with 45 degree prisms welded on to the goggle lens. The goggles are completely spray painted in dark paint, except for the angled face of the prisms. When students look through them, their vision is offset by about 30 degrees.
How to use: Students may play with the goggles one at a time or in groups. They may play with tennis balls or on the floor with coins or in front of the blackboard.

What you can teach:

  1. You can demonstrate how quickly human brains can adapt to distorted incoming visual data.
  2. You can let your students have fun playing with their brains.
  3. You can demonstrate how the left motor strip controls the right side of the body and the right motor strip controls the left side of the body.

Concussion Goggles Kit (Quantity: 2)
Description: This kit is a hands-on awareness program that includes the specifically constructed Concussion Goggle™ used to simulate the potentially debilitating effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Participants of the program experience the simulated TBI symptoms of dizziness, visual disconnect, disorientation, hesitation, apprehension, confusion, and lack of confidence. The program leaves each participant with an appreciation for their own susceptibility to TBI and what steps to take if someone sustains such an injury.

    Includes:
  1. 1 Concussion Goggle™
  2. 1 cloth protective bag
  3. 1 CD-Rom: QuickStart, classroom presentations, pre/post tests
  4. 1 roll of “walk the line” tape
  5. 1 triangle activity game
  6. 1 stress ball
  7. 1 Concussed™ card game
  8. 300 Action Steps pocket guides
  9. Germicidal Disposable Wipes

PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Mind (Quantity: 1)
Description: Ever been told "it's all in your head"? Just how true is that statement? This provocative "Nova" documentary explores four puzzling case studies involving the mysteries of brain science. Join pioneering scientist V.S. Ramachandran as he investigates one person's phantom limb pain, another's messianic identity crisis, a young man's certainty his parents are impostors, and the baffling conundrum of a blind man with the power of vision. 60 min. Soundtracks: English, DVS.

National Geographic: Brain Games (Quantity: 1)
Description: National Geographic's groundbreaking three-part series provides a fascinating window into the inner workings of the brain as never before. Through interactive experiments and tricks, Brain Games reveals how our brains create the illusion of a seamless reality. As these revealing experiments provide a unique view into our brains, the world's leading experts explain how and why these tests work.
Brain Games explores cutting-edge science to examine real people with extraordinary brains, revealing new discoveries about attention, sensory perception and memory.