Middle school students get chance to study human brains

Stanford grad students showed up to Terman Middle School with buckets full of real brains.
February 4, 2014 9:03:57 PM PST
All the reading in the world can't prepare you for what it's like to hold a real human brain in your hands, but Palo Alto middle school students got that chance on what they'll always remember as 'Brain Day.'

Forget the textbooks and the plastic models, Stanford grad students showed up to Terman Middle School with buckets full of real brains.

"Looking at these things and touching and feeling; they just think it's so cool and they think it's so awesome," Stanford research assistant Eddy Albarran said.

The research assistants brought human and animal brains for the students to examine and compare.

Brain Day isn't coming out of the blue. The students spent weeks studying the human nervous system.

"I'm amazed at the amount of information they knew coming into it," grad student Anja Scholze said. "I'm actually amazed at their level of attention."

They weren't just attentive, they were transfixed. They know seeing and holding a human brain is a rare privilege.

"It was smaller than I expected, but I didn't actually think it would look like it did in most cartoons or movies," one student said.


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