3D Brain

Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research

Created by Vivid Apps and AXS Biomedical Animation Studio for the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The 3D brain is derived from the Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online website funded by the Dana Foundation and Hewlett Foundation.

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3D Brain
3D Brain
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Amazing app

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This app would be very useful for NBIO206. It does not include spinal cord, so it is not helpful for "Lab 2: Spinal Cord". but it can be used for all other labs! It include many basic important topics related to NBIO206 with 3D images and associated information.

All 29 3D images are of good quality and allow to zoom-in and rotate for a better view. The most important feature is that when you are viewing deep structures (such as ventricles), the overlying structures are made transparent. It allows to view complex 3D structures (such as limbic system) with a clear perspective. It has a feature that labels the structures in a particular view and the substructures are colored, which is important in identifying exactly where the boundaries are and what the surrounding structures are. It is not very useful for the Brodmann areas and the functional areas but it does include few important BAs such as Broca's area and Wernicke's area.

There is a drop-down alphabetical list of all the structures. Each structure has information given on functions, disorders, etc. There are case studies which can be helpful in remembering the structures. I think it is very important for the MD students to learn the brain structures in association with their corresponding mental illnesses, damage effects and cognitive disorders. There are also Pubmed links provided if you are interested to further look up a particular topic of interest. The search feature can be used to look up a topic which is related to multiple structures. Overall, the app is great. I would have loved to see more topics included and more information on each topic but given that this app is free, I should not complain! I would highly recommend this app to all first year students.

Excellent program for 3D views of the brain

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I am one of the head teaching assistants for the winter neuroanatomy course NBIO206 and highly recommend this program as a supplement to the course materials we present to students in the labs. The program allows you to identify specific brain structures on a 3D schematized image of the brain (for internal structures the brain is semi-opaque so that students can appreciate the relative placement of these structures in the brain) - clicking on a specific structure allows for its name to pop up, in addition to more specific "snapshot" information about it. The really neat element of this program is the case studies that are included in the short descriptions of each individual structure, as well as associated brain structures, references for studies in Pubmed describing its function, effects of damage etc. Such 3D representations of brain structures are particularly useful for visualizing the location of C-shaped structures such as the ventricles, hippocampus and parts of the basal ganglia, something that we stress in several of the labs (1, 6, 7). Overall, this would be a great investment (it's free!) for first year students in the winter quarter.

great price, good fit for nbio labs

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This app is a great reference for the early NBIO 206 course labs. From what I can tell it hits a few of the key learning objectives. We've built similar 3d models before and it takes forever so I'm happy someone built a good one before we did!

Potentially great app for Anatomy in Winter Quarter

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Content wise, this is a fantastic app. It comes with a 3d rotatable model of the brain which becomes transparent when you are looking at inner structures. There is an option to automatically label the structure that you are looking at, so there is no doubt of what is there. Simply the 3d rendering and labeling are extremely helping in and of themselves, and I think this could should probably be pretty helpful during Winter quarter for first-years.

In addition to the 3d part, there is also an "Info" tab that includes a description of anatomical structure, but, more importantly, a CASE STUDY, which I think it a great way to remember content. Also helpful are bulleted lists which concisely tell you the function of various structures and their pathology. There are also links to papers on PubMed and other sites. Very helpful as well is a search tool that allows you to search through all of the descriptions. So if you are looking for the structures that are involved in "balance," this could come in handy.

All in all, great app. Since it's free, I'd highly recommend it!