this cell will hold a
rat brain
this cell will hold a
Cat/Dog brain


Have you ever wondered what makes us humans different from, say, a rat? Have you ever wanted to see a cerebellum up close and personal? Have you ever looked at a frog and thought to yourself- hmmm, I wonder if he has neocortex?

If so (or even if not!), you have come to the right place. While no "answers" will be given, we will explore together the intricacies and wonder of the brain. We will ponder questions about cognition and attempt to link brain to behavior.

You need not have any previous science experience to explore this website or participate in the thought exercises within!

This website is organized into 4 main parts, and if you ever find yourself lost you can use the index on the left to guide you back:

  1. Comparative Brain Sizes of Six Different Mammals
  2. Details (and Slicing) of Each Species' Brains
  3. Issues and Ideas about Neocortex
  4. Brain and Behavior Implications of the Above Three Themes

First, you may ask why are we studying comparative neuroanatomy? What is the use? Let's think about that... click here for a discussion of the relevance of this type of study.

Website Design by Patricia Anne Kinser, Haverford College
Biology Major with Concentration in Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Paul Grobstein

Last updated September 26, 2000