The Big Brain Experiment

5 Mini-Missions into the Mind

Explore remarkable parts of the brain with fun and engaging experiments for the whole class.

(And you don’t need a degree in Psychology or Neuroscience to be involved!)




How quick are your reactions? This experiment will test the reaction time of students and explain just how much is going on inside the body and brain in a few milliseconds.


To measure reaction times.


Rulers, sticky tape

Approximate time needed:

30 minutes

Downloadable Teacher PDF resource:

Experiment Summary, Extension Ideas and Results Table


Video One – The Experiment

Video Two – The Science

And a special thanks to…

Assoc. Prof. Tasha Stanton (University of SA) for her enthusiasm, help and generally being a guru on all things about the brain and pain.

National Science Week

If you only do some science once a year, that is still better than not doing it. So get stuck in and find out what your brain has to offer.

Inspo from U of W

The University of Washington has an old, but great web resource – Neuroscience for Kids. It was a great inspiration for the Big Brain Experiments.

University of Washington seal

The Big Brain Experiment is being run by Dr Rob and Experimentary, because we love science (you’re welcome).