Half the challenge is coming up with good questions for these games. The construction of the questions can actually be part of the games. Perhaps have teams of students create questions and then challenge other teams to come up with the right answers.
Many of the games listed below have separate pages...just click on the small picture of the game to open up a new page to play.
How do words influence what we see (or say we see)?
Scramble these puzzles and see if you can put them back together...all ON-LINE!
Welcome to NEURO-JEOPARDY!
Neuro-Jeopardy is a game to test your knowledge about the nervous system. The game is contained in a Powerpoint file. Therefore, your computer must have the ability to read ppt files.
Your job here is to "read" pictures to make a single word or phrase. Each word or phrase has something to do with the nervous system.
This one is read as: brain.
Here are some more Brain Hieroglyphics
An on-line comic book describing Sam's incredible journey into his own brain.
Interactive games to help you learn about the brain and nervous system. You must have the Shockwave plug-in for your browser to play these games.
PLAY the Games
How fast are you? Test your response time using this reaction time experiment.
How about another experiment to test your reactions? Test them using this hit-the-dot test.
How about one more experiment to test your reaction time? This time test your reaction time to different colors. Test them using this colorful reaction time tester.
See how many boxes you can check in 20 seconds with this Check Box Game.
Now there are THREE ways to color:
If you have played the game called "Shoots and Ladders," then you know how to play "Brains and Neurons."
How to play:
"Brain It!" is a card game similar to "Go Fish."
How to play:
When a player collects matches of the same brain, these cards are placed face up in front of the player. The game is over when all of the cards are drawn. If a player runs out of cards, then one can be taken from the pile. The player with the most matches is the winner.
You can also play Brain It! with this set of 52 Neuroscience Playing Cards.
Think you have a good memory? Then take this little Short Term Memory Test
How easy is it to recognize faces when they are upside down? Find out with this face recognition game.
Did you ever play "Where's Waldo?" Well, here is your chance to play "Where's the Brain?" on-line!
To play this game you will need the Quicktime 4 Plug-in for your browser. Also, the file containing this game is large (800 KB) so if you have a slow Internet connection, it may take up to 5 minutes to download.
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The classic game of "Hangman," this time with neuroscience words. Neurotransmitters, part of the brain, the neuron, neurological disorders...they are all here.
Find the hidden words.
Make sure your browser is "java-enabled."
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Pass the box around and read a fact. These facts just might make you say, "Hmmmmmm".
So, you think you know something about
Try this game.
Click on the eye that most likely belongs to a person outside on a sunny day. Hint: look at the size of the pupil
Find the unipolar cell in this "Sea of Multipolar Neurons" using this puzzle.
Play the classic "3 in a row" game with neuroscience words.
Flip a coin and move from brain to brain in this board game.
It may not be the game of "Monopoly" or "Candyland", but this brain board game may be a fun way to learn the names of parts of the brain and parts of a neuron.
Guess what the pictures in the 3 rows, 3 columns and 2 diagonals have in common in this puzzle.
Test your memory using this classic card game. Cut out the pieces and play CONCENTRATION
Test your memory with this on-line concentration game by locating the matching brains of different animals. The game requires that your browser is "JAVA-enabled."
Test your memory with this on-line concentration game by locating the pictures of different sense organs (ear, eye, nose, skin, tongue). The game requires that your browser is "JAVA-enabled."
See how good your memory is...I will present you with a set of 20 pictures for 30 seconds. The pictures will disappear automatically after 30 seconds. Then write down the names of all the objects you can remember.
Start the Test....
For ways to improve your memory, look at the Memory Page
This puzzle challenges you to find the 2 neurons that look exactly the same.
Can you make sense of this puzzle? Draw lines to match pictures and words.
Help these Lost Neurons find their connections.
To play: Questions are prepared either by the students or the teacher. The teacher then asks a question to the class as a whole or to teams of players. Each correct answer is scored as 1 point. Player or team with the most points is the winner.
Here is a list of potential categories and questions to get you started:
To play: Structures, terms or words related to the nervous system that can be grouped together by a "common thread" are created by students or the teacher. The goal of the game is to determine what that common thread is. For example, what do olfactory, optic, trigeminal, hypoglossal, oculomotor, vagus and glossopharyngeal all have in common? (Answer: They are all CRANIAL NERVES). Each word of the list is read slowly, one by one. If a player or team thinks they know the answer, they can call it out. The player or team with the first correct answer, gets one point. Player or team with the most points wins.
Below you will find a list of "lists" to get you started without the
answers and here is the list
with the answers:
What do these things have in common?
Best played with the 12 cranial nerves, "Name That Nerve!" is a variation of the game show "Name That Tune". Gather a list of clues about a particular nerve. Arrange the clues from hardest to easiest. Teams try to "bargain" with each other for the number of clues that they will get. For example, one team (or individual) will say, "I can guess that nerve in 5 clues". If the other team or individual thinks they can guess the nerve in less clues they say "I can guess that nerve in 4 clues". It goes on, until one team does not want to venture a guess with so few clues. Give the number of clues bargained for to the team that will guess. Give the hardest clues first. If they guess correctly, then they get 100 points. If they guess incorrectly the other team gets the points (or you can add a clue for them to make a guess). The biggest challenge is making the questions...Here is one to get you started:
Clues: a special sensory afferent nerve, has a chiasm, connected to the retina, the second cranial nerve, used in vision. (Answer: Optic Nerve)
Unscramble the following letters to get a word about the nervous system:
Here are the answers.
If you like these "scrambled word" puzzles, there are more on the worksheet page.
Use the code to find out about cells in the brain.
Here is a harder code to break. Use this code to read this brain quote.
Follow the lines to find out about how messages travel in the nervous system.
How many words can you make using the letters from the word "BRAIN"? To get you started, how about the word "rain"?
I found these 15 words. Can you make more?
Learn how to say "Brain" in different languages.
Don't forget the page on The Senses for more activities.
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