Let’s face it. The brain is complex, but it is extremely fascinating. To study the brain, you typically have to be a graduate student at a major university. But not any more! Backyard Brains enables everyone to be a neuroscientist!

Coupled with our SpikerBox you can order at: this app allows you to view, hear, record and analyze actual neural signals. Both from individual neurons and muscles.

Backyard Brains provides affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students of all ages to learn (hands-on) about electrophysiology. Now everyone from schoolchildren to grad students and every grade in between can experiment with similar tools used by real neuroscientists worldwide! By following a few simple steps, everyone can experience first-hand how the brain communicates with our senses, memories, hopes, and desires.

Our iOS application includes both long continuous and threshold views, and once you have recorded your data, you can analyze the neural spike trains, measure reaction times, and calculate statistics just like professional neuroscientists! Do let us know us know about your experiments.

Note: The application normally picks up input through the the iPhone's built-in microphone. If you want to plug directly into your SpikerBox, or any audio device, you need a custom male-to-male headphone cable (a normal one won't work), available from our website. It has to do with routing and filtering an output channel to an input channel.

What’s New

Version 2.9.11

Crash issues on iPad with iOS 12 fixed.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Joonicorno ,

Website discrepancy?

Hi! To whom this may concern, my professor and I were hoping to do an experiment as outlined on the Backyard Brains Experiments website, which uses grasshoppers and this app to create a fixation cross/dot etc. etc. you can find the outline via their website. However, the “experiments” tab as shown the website is not present in the app. We were hoping to find out why this “experiments” function is missing, and whether it might be implemented/added back in so that we may perform this experiment!



Doylesails ,

Dr. Mark Doyle

This little gizmo is not only an excellent teaching tool, but it is an inexpensive device that can convert your iPad into a very useful oscilloscope! Thank you folks very much for your efforts to bring hands on complicated education to a younger audience whose brains can handle it. You are spot on!

charliec63 ,

A handy dandy recording device that works

The app is easy to use and a great addition to making an iphone a useful recording device and instrument for lab experiments.

App Privacy

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