The Brain Observatory is dedicated to the study of the architecture in the human brain. We have optimized multiple complementary imaging modalities, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and computer-controlled microscopy, to illustrate the detailed structural design of the brain and to understand how cognitive systems are perturbed by neurological disease.
Produced by Colorado State University in 1997 and developed from the original series The Brain, these flexible resources offer extensive footage and research into the inner workings of this amazing human organ, including findings on Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson's disease, and many other topics. The modules are appropriate for use in general and advanced courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.
This site has links to an introduction of the beginnings of psychiatry as a medical discipline in the early 19th century, the history of psychiatric hospitals back to 1752, a biography on Benjamin Rush, MD, the "father of American Psychiatry," the 1840's which is when the first issue of the American Journal of Insanity was published, 19th century psychiatrists of note, and 19th century psychiatric debates.
Produced by Colorado State University in 1999, and an extension of topics covered in The Brain: Teaching Modules, these programs explore cognition and human behavior. The modules present current findings on language processing, drug treatment and addictions, and cognitive development throughout the life span. The programs also cover mood and personality disorders, and pain and its treatment. These modules are flexible additions to courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.