Shai Smith and Anna Mahany identify areas of the brain as they physically hold the organ. “At first I was scared to touch it,” Mahany said. “But once the class started engaging, I put my fears aside.”

Cat, dog and human brains- oh my!

September 6, 2016

On Wednesday, Aug. 30th, AP and IB psych classes got to experience something few can say they ever have. Brought by Georgia State neuroscience PhD researchers, Decatur students got to hold and study real human brains.

“This is the best thing we have ever done- ever,” AP/IB psychology teacher, Jennifer Gonzalez said.

In addition to human brains, students were able to look at cat, dog, mouse, and amphibian brains.

IB student and junior Shai Smith was blown away by what the brains signified not only to science, but to life in general.

“It was fascinating to think that I was holding someone’s whole life in my hands,” she said.

Junior Anna Mahany agreed with Smith.

“Someone’s entire existence was in my hands and it was amazing to think that something that small contains everything we know and are,” she said.

For Gonzalez, the brain simulation offered more than just a platform for content review.

“I’m really impressed that everyone was able to ask really informed and intelligent questions from a PhD student,” she said.


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