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Every animal you can think of -- mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians -- has a brain. Yet the human brain is unique, because it gives us the power to think, plan, speak, learn and imagine.
The brain performs an amazing number of tasks:
It controls body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
It accepts a flood of information about the world around you from your various senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, etc).
It coordinates physical motions, such as walking, talking, standing or sitting, as well as complex planned motions, such as playing sports, riding a bicycle or dancing.
It lets you think, learn, dream, reason and experience emotions.
All of these tasks are controlled, coordinated and regulated by an organ that is about the size of a small head of cauliflower: your brain.
This incredible organ, your brain, is made up by approximately 100 billion nerve cells, called neurons. Neurons have the amazing ability to gather and transmit electrochemical signals between various parts of the body and pass messages to each other -- they are like the plugs and wires in a computer. Neurons share the same characteristics and have the same parts as other cells, but their electrochemical aspect enables them to transmit signals near (a couple milimeters) and far (up to several feet!).
In our lab, we are trying to study language development through electroencephalograms (EEG). An EEG is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are embedded in a strechable nylon cap on your head and hooked by wires to a computer. The computer records your brain's electrical activity on the screen as wavy lines as you perform various mental tasks. By using our collected data, those wavy lines, we can perform analysis that can tell us how you learn language and perform mental tasks!
If you have any questions about our lab and the studies, feel free to explore the other parts of our site!
Now you've learned something about the brain, let the FUN begin!!!
Frog Leaping Game
Swap the frogs. 3 from the left have to jump on the 3 stones on the right and vice versa.
Each frog can only jump to the adjacent stone or jump over another frog if there is an empty stone behind it. (Frogs can only jump in the direction they face, that means they can NOT jump backwards!)
Click the button next to "REINICIAR" to begin or restart. Good Luck!!
River Crossing Game
In this game, a family of 6 (Mom, Dad, 2 daughters and 2 sons) are lost on their hiking trip in a mountain, and have unfortuantely encountered a fugitive along their way. Fortunately, the family is saved by an off-duty policeman hiking in the area. However, due to their remote location and lack of cell phone signals, the entire group is unable to contact the outside world. Thus, no help is on the way. Yikes!
Now, the mission: to get out the mountain before night falls.
The quickest route is to cross the river, and there is a river raft on the river bank to get them across. However, only Mom, Dad and the Policeman can operate the raft, and the raft can only carry two people each time. For each trip across, you must avoid the following 3 bad situations:
When the Policeman and the fugitive are separated, the family will be in danger.
When Mom and the daughters are separated, and Dad is on the same side of the river with the stay-behinded daughter, the daughter gets punished (ouch!).
When Dad and the sons are separated, and Mom is on the same side of the river with the stay-behinded son, the son gets punished (ouch!).
You must get all the people across the river in this flash game respecting the following rules:
The raft can carry no more than 2 people.
Only Mom, Dad, and the Policeman can operate the raft.
Use the mouse to pick the passangers of the raft for the trip across (click each person to get on and off the raft).
After the 2 passangers boarded, click the red handle to send the raft to the other bank.
If you've clicked the red handle, and one of the 3 bad situations appears (ouch!), that means you've pick the wrong passangers. Try again!
To Start the game, Click the blue circle to begin. Good Luck!!
Woohoo!! You've just excercised your brain! Go Brain!
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