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Genes To Cognition

Found In: science, 9-12


Genes to Cognition presents supporting information for grades 9-12 on cognitive disorders, cognitive processes, and research approaches in brain studies. The website can be navigated using a menu or network maps. The site is set in frames, but clicking “Link” along the top edge of the page will reveal the URL for individual features.

The heading Disorders includes information about ADHD, Alzheimer’s, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. The entry for ADHD is representative and includes brief videos with scientists (transcripts are included), print material, and graphics under subheadings: genes, biochemicals, cells, brain anatomy, cognition, and environment explaining each factor’s role in ADHD. Print resources such as Ingredients May Affect Brain Health can be downloaded as PDFs.

The heading Cognitive Processes includes information about attention, language, learning & memory, perception, and thinking. And the heading Research Approaches includes information about bioinformatics, ethics, gene finding, model systems, neuroimaging, and psychology.

3-D Brain is an interactive model that can be rotated in three-dimensional space. Each of 29 brain structures is labeled and has information on brain disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern neuroscience research. A 3-D Brain App is also available. GNC Online is an associated blog. Simple Mapper was used to organize the Genes to Cognition website and the software is available for free. Registration is required.

Teacher Feature provides teacher pages with standards and answer sheets, student worksheets, and test items in PDF format.


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