3D Brain 12+

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Designed for iPad

    • 3.8 • 118 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center. 3D Brain was produced for the Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online website funded by the Dana Foundation and Hewlett Foundation.

What’s New

Version 1.3.2

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

• Fixes some issues with Japanese info text

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

drneurosci ,


I have successfully used the app in neuroscience courses as a supplemental aide.
It is very helpful to students.

Today I was informed that an upgrade was available for a .99. Certainly, I selected the upgrade immediately.

I have not spent a great deal of time today with the app. Perhaps I am confusing this app with another resource—IT IS after all, Summer term!
Here is my concern, although the visuals and the 3 D rotations are —as always— excellent- along with showing sub systems in relation to major brain components, all very good, with clear taxonomy-I seem to be missing the brief information on the functions of the varied parts of the brain. Please clarify , am I associating this feature and the information I expected to see with another resource entirely or is there a navigational step that I am missing on the upgrade ?

Thank you kindly!

Dranorter ,

Pretty basic

The way it switches between brain areas (page turning animation) makes it hard to really compare location. The app will highlight 29 different brain areas — you switch between them by clicking on the list entry, and you can’t navigate by clicking directly on the brain area in the 3D view. The ordering of the brain areas in the list isn’t particularly intuitive (it’s alphabetical). 29 brain areas is not enough. Where are V1, V2, V3, etc.? Where’s the fusiform gyrus? Neuroscience is a field where we don’t know what the correct objects to be discussing really are. The app ought to distinguish between “neuroarchitechtonic regions” and things like sulcus/gyrus based regions (don’t know the right term). And for didactic purposes, a drawing of the motor homonculus and sensory homonculus would be fun.

MsBlondiePirate ,

Great for neuropsychology. Do Not Upgrade!

Absolutely FANTASTIC app for graduate students in psychology, clinical psychology, and neuroscience! BEST BRAIN APP. I absolutely love it. It’s great for studying for the psychology GRE also.
BUT, DO NOT UPGRADE. The upgrade was terrible. I was happy to pay for the upgrade, and I had to delete it and reinstall the old version. All my neuropsych friends said and did the same thing: upgraded then had to downgrade. App designers, why? :( You have a giant world of grad psychology student who would gladly give you their money if the paid version was actually better.
Stick with the basic version, peoples, and you will be very happy!!

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