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SpikerBox: DIY Neuroscience Electrophysiology Rig

$149.99 (as of January 10, 2017, 12:25 pm)

Includes instructions for over 20 Neuroscience Experiments: Rate Coding, Somatotopy and much more!
Increases understanding of core principles of neuroscience (peer-reviewed data)
Everything needed to start your experiments is included. Just add an insect.

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Description

Backyard Brains SpikerBox: Neuroscience in a box

The SpikerBox is an entry-level brain recording kit that provides the ability for students of all ages to learn about neurons.

For the first time ever, students and amateur scientists will have access to similar tools used by neuroscientists worldwide to study Electrophysiology: the electrical activity of neurons.

By following a few simple steps, everyone can experience how the brain is able to communicate our senses, memories, hopes, and desires!

How does the SpikerBox work?

Cells of the nervous system, called neurons, are specialized to carry “messages” through electrical pulses traveling down long extensions called axons. By using metal pins, it is possible to “eavesdrop” on this conversation.

The SpikerBox allows you to record from invertebrate animals (cockroaches, crickets, crawdads) by using a simple bio-amplifier and filter. The input of our kit connects to two neural probes (metal needles) which are placed into a living insect. The output is neural activity, or “spikes”, that can be heard via a built-on speaker, or seen on your computer, iPhone, Android, iPad, or iPod Touch (apps are free, but a smartphone cable is required for best results).

Backyard Brains kits have been written up in the New York Times, Education Week, Wired, Scientific American, and more!

You can watch the SpikerBox in action at our recent TED talk. 
Backyard Brains have also have published on the SpikerBox in PLoS One.

Everything you need to get started is included in the kit: An electrode, specimen pad, and speaker. We even include the 9-volt battery! All you need to get started is an insect and time.

Includes instructions for over 20 Neuroscience Experiments: Rate Coding, Somatotopy and much more!

Increases understanding of core principles of neuroscience (peer-reviewed data)
Everything needed to start your experiments is included. Just add an insect.

Featured in Wired, Scientific American, Make, New York Times, and more.

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