Date Posted: December 29, 2020
Contributing Authors: Tessa Manning, MD and Ashley Walker, MD
Overview: Why wait till medical training to learn about the best organ system in the body? This activity is similar to the NNCI’s other Brain Cookie Exercises, the 3-D Brain Module, and the Play-Doh Brain module, but is specifically geared toward a younger audience (elementary to high school). Learners are introduced to neuroscience concepts by reviewing the unique components of a neuron in the form of a large cookie. Like the other modules, this exercise encourages joy in learning by using multimodal sensory experiences (and a sweet treat!). The activity can be completed in a classroom or family setting.
Author Affiliation: Dr. Manning is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Dr. Walker is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. The National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative receives support from the National Institutes of Health Grant Nos. R25 MH08646607S1 and R44 MH115546-01 ©National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative.