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Brain: Our Sense of Self

helps middle school students understand basic scientific principles related to the brain and nervous system. Five lessons examine the structure and specialized regions of the brain, its diverse functions, how the body receives and delivers information through the nervous system, factors that affect learning, and our sense of self. Interactive web activities are included. (National Institutes of Health)

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Interesting Fact:

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from disorders of the brain or nervous system. Some brain disorders are influenced by genetics; some are environmental, resulting from spinal cord or brain injury; and some result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as stroke.
Phineas Gage's skull and frontal lobe were pierced by a metal rod, changing his personality forever.

Phineas Gage's skull

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