The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head

The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head

Why do we do and say the things we do and say? The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head introduces students to the fascinating world of the human brain and its effect on behavior. Readers learn about the main anatomy and functions of the brain while discovering the brain’s role in learning, memory, communication, and emotions. Kids are also introduced to the effects of sleep, alcohol, and exercise on our most complex organ.

Combining hands-on activities with neuroscience, anatomy, biology, and psychology, The Brain offers entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars to illuminate the topic and engage readers further. The Brain integrates a digital learning component by providing links to primary sources, videos, and other relevant websites.

Projects include building a 3-D brain model, creating a false memory, and evaluating the benefits and risks of designing computers with artificial intelligence. The Brain is a unique opportunity to connect behavior, physiology, and the outside world in one amazing place—your head!

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $20.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

GRL Z

Subjects

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • STEM - STEAM

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Why do we do and say the things we do and say? The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head introduces students to the fascinating world of the human brain and its effect on behavior. Readers learn about the main anatomy and functions of the brain while discovering the brain’s role in learning, memory, communication, and emotions. Kids are also introduced to the effects of sleep, alcohol, and exercise on our most complex organ.

Combining hands-on activities with neuroscience, anatomy, biology, and psychology, The Brain offers entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars to illuminate the topic and engage readers further. The Brain integrates a digital learning component by providing links to primary sources, videos, and other relevant websites.

Projects include building a 3-D brain model, creating a false memory, and evaluating the benefits and risks of designing computers with artificial intelligence. The Brain is a unique opportunity to connect behavior, physiology, and the outside world in one amazing place—your head!


Publishers Weekly
“In this addition to the Inquire and Investigate series, Mooney provides a thorough discussion of the brain’s physiology and its role with regard to the senses, memory, language, and more. Comics from Casteel follow a group of students as they learn about the brain (in one sequence, a girl mistakes a mop for a monster, triggering a fear response from her amygdala; when she realizes the mop means having to clean up the lab, it triggers another one: “Threat confirmed! Keep running!”). Sidebars offer descriptions of jobs that involve the brain, links to online resources, and questions for discussion; ideas for experiments and activities appear throughout. It’s an extensive introduction to the brain’s capability and function, with just enough humor and interactivity to keep readers engaged.”

NSTA Recommends
“We hear about the brain fairly often in the news, particularly when someone receives a concussion in a vehicular accident or on the athletic field. This 1.3 kg jelly–like mass of tissue in the head, the master control of all other parts of the body, is the star of this wonderfully engaging book. . . This short book is just plain fun to read. Its attractive, exciting, and colorful pages include a variety of cartoons that grab student attention and provide a humorous look at chapter topics. Many excellent examples and analogies are used to clarify concepts. . . .This would be a valuable resource for both high school and middle school classrooms as it avoids much of the technical vocabulary of neuroscience.”

Amazon.com #1 Hot New Release in Teen & Young Adult Biology Books

Eric Chudler, Executive Director, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
“Clear writing and colorful graphics make The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head a terrific resource for young learners interested in learning about those three pounds of tissue in our heads.”

Margaret A.B. Sheridan, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
“This excellent book not only contains clear and accurate information about neuroscience, but also provides fun activities for children to engage with as they explore the brain! This book makes learning about the brain the fun and exciting topic it should be and is appropriate for a wide range of ages. I just wish books like this existed when I was growing up!”

Nick Spitzer, Director, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind
“The Brain provides an excellent introduction to the way our nervous system works. The text is engaging and lucid, the illustrations are fun, and cool activities are introduced to give students hands-on experience and tests of brain function. Chapters discuss the developing brain, memory and learning, the healthy brain, and much more. Highly recommended!”

Praise for other titles in the Inquire & Investigate Series:

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

School Library Journal
“This overview is a STEAM advocate’s delight. . . . an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.”

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Booklist
“Explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another. . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

National Science Teachers Association
“. . .The book is written to the reader and I would use this book for a supplement if required to use a textbook. If I was not required to use a textbook, I would use this book for secondary classes. This book would be good to use with students that struggle with reading and content.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Winner of a 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

Booklist
“Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.

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Sending Signals

Neurons send signals by releasing chemical neurotransmitters across a synapse, the space between neurons. The axon terminal releases the neurotransmitter, which moves across the synapse and attaches to receptors on the dendrites of a nearby neuron. This generates an electrical signal that goes to the neuron’s cell body. If enough input signals are received, the cell body produces an electrical signal called an action potential, which travels down the axon to an axon terminal. From the axon terminal, neurotransmitters are released.

You can create a model of these signals using a few friends or classmates and some cotton balls.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



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Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
GRL: Z
Subjects: Chemistry, Physics, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“In this addition to the Inquire and Investigate series, Mooney provides a thorough discussion of the brain’s physiology and its role with regard to the senses, memory, language, and more. Comics from Casteel follow a group of students as they learn about the brain (in one sequence, a girl mistakes a mop for a monster, triggering a fear response from her amygdala; when she realizes the mop means having to clean up the lab, it triggers another one: “Threat confirmed! Keep running!”). Sidebars offer descriptions of jobs that involve the brain, links to online resources, and questions for discussion; ideas for experiments and activities appear throughout. It’s an extensive introduction to the brain’s capability and function, with just enough humor and interactivity to keep readers engaged.”

NSTA Recommends
“We hear about the brain fairly often in the news, particularly when someone receives a concussion in a vehicular accident or on the athletic field. This 1.3 kg jelly–like mass of tissue in the head, the master control of all other parts of the body, is the star of this wonderfully engaging book. . . This short book is just plain fun to read. Its attractive, exciting, and colorful pages include a variety of cartoons that grab student attention and provide a humorous look at chapter topics. Many excellent examples and analogies are used to clarify concepts. . . .This would be a valuable resource for both high school and middle school classrooms as it avoids much of the technical vocabulary of neuroscience.”

Amazon.com #1 Hot New Release in Teen & Young Adult Biology Books

Eric Chudler, Executive Director, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
“Clear writing and colorful graphics make The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head a terrific resource for young learners interested in learning about those three pounds of tissue in our heads.”

Margaret A.B. Sheridan, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
“This excellent book not only contains clear and accurate information about neuroscience, but also provides fun activities for children to engage with as they explore the brain! This book makes learning about the brain the fun and exciting topic it should be and is appropriate for a wide range of ages. I just wish books like this existed when I was growing up!”

Nick Spitzer, Director, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind
“The Brain provides an excellent introduction to the way our nervous system works. The text is engaging and lucid, the illustrations are fun, and cool activities are introduced to give students hands-on experience and tests of brain function. Chapters discuss the developing brain, memory and learning, the healthy brain, and much more. Highly recommended!”

Praise for other titles in the Inquire & Investigate Series:

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound

School Library Journal
“This overview is a STEAM advocate’s delight. . . . an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.”

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

Booklist
“Explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another. . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

National Science Teachers Association
“. . .The book is written to the reader and I would use this book for a supplement if required to use a textbook. If I was not required to use a textbook, I would use this book for secondary classes. This book would be good to use with students that struggle with reading and content.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Winner of a 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

Booklist
“Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.


Projects

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Sending Signals

Neurons send signals by releasing chemical neurotransmitters across a synapse, the space between neurons. The axon terminal releases the neurotransmitter, which moves across the synapse and attaches to receptors on the dendrites of a nearby neuron. This generates an electrical signal that goes to the neuron’s cell body. If enough input signals are received, the cell body produces an electrical signal called an action potential, which travels down the axon to an axon terminal. From the axon terminal, neurotransmitters are released.

You can create a model of these signals using a few friends or classmates and some cotton balls.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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For More Information
carlamooney.com

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.