Learn About the Brain

The Big Brain Book

The Big Brain Book: How it Works and All Its Quirks by Leanne Boucher Gill, PhD is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the brain and what it means for your life.

The section on brain anatomy covers what the brain is made of and how it works, how human brains differ from other animal’s brains, how scientists measure brain activity. The next section delves into the mind / body connection, probing questions such as why we need to sleep, how we feel pain, why and when we feel hungry, why learning a new language can be so hard, and how our senses work. The last section explains what happens when things go wrong with the brain, such as concussions, strokes, and dementia.

The book features a pleasing, colorful layout and has helpful illustrations. “Lobe Lab” sections offer fun experiments to explore how the brain works. It is aimed for ages 10 and up and includes a great deal of information. While not a textbook, The Big Brain Book: How it Works and All Its Quirks would make a great addition to a life science curriculum or could be used as an independent unit study on the brain.

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fourteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Power of Forgiveness". She blogs at spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com