Knowing How Your Brain Works

During your teenage years, the prefrontal cortex of your brain is growing and changing faster than any time since you were three years. The prefrontal cortex is in the front of your brain and enables you to predict logical outcomes, solve problems, make sound decisions, and control your behavior. This is the area of your brain that will enable you to function successfully as an independent adult. These rapid changes to your brain make it easier for you to learn new skills and ways of thinking.

Want to learn more about your brain? Read the article: The Adolescent Brain – What It Does and How to Make it Work for You

 What Does Your Brain Do?    


The Human Brain Diagram
This simple diagram shows the major areas of your brain and their important functions.       

Your Brain Map
This is an interactive model of a human brain. You can spin it around, look inside, and find out what everything does. 

How Does Your Brain Think?

How Einstein’s Brain is Different From Yours
By any and all measures, Einstein was a genius. But what made him so different from any other person? Turns out his brain was wired in a very different way! Take a look inside to show you the ways in which Einstein's brain was both different and similar to yours.

25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions
See what your brain does with these “hands on” challenges from SharpBrains — try experiments in perception, attention and memory, language and logic, pattern recognitions, and other games.

Many Kinds of Intelligence

People have many different strengths and talents. Our world needs them all. What are yours?

IWgraphicMultiple Intelligence Questionnaire
Not sure what your strengths and talents are? Complete this questionnaire on multiple intelligences to get a better idea!

Learning Styles

How do you prefer to learn? What kind of sensory input helps you the most when you are trying to learn something? Click through the 24 questions to in this online Learning Style Inventory to find out.

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