Probe The Brain is an interactive informational site from PBS.org which introduces the student to a map of the human cortex. The interactive portion is designed to allow users to probe and stimulate the motor cortex and view the correlating body part movement.
Type of Material:
The site consists of text, graphics, and interactive animation.
This site is recommended as an introduction to the history and function of the human cortex map. It may also be used as a reference for independent study.
A current browser and Shockwave are required for the interactive activity.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The primary goal of the website is to introduce the learner to the function of the brain's motor cortex by simplistic emulation of the brain mapping experiments conducted by Wilder Penfield.
Target Student Population:
The target student population is introductory psychology, biological psychology, or physiological psychology high school or undergraduate students receiving a primary introduction to the cortex and its function.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No specific prerequisite knowledge or skills are necessary to effectively use this site, but some basic knowledge of human brain anatomy would be helpful.
The site provides a basic level of introduction to the human cortex. It is designed to provide an overview of motor cortex function and mapping, which it does very well. The subject material is presented in a fashion which allows the learner to easily grasp the key concepts.
The site provides an introductory level explanation as intended, and so lacks the necessary depth for advanced students.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The strengths lie in the site's interactive and fun approach to examining the basics of the motor cortex.
The site is designed for the beginner and does not provide resources for more advanced students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use and navigate.
Other Issues and Comments:
The Probe The Brain site provides a good introduction and fun approach to the human cortex.
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