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The Handy Brain Model™ [small]

Kate Cohen-Posey, MS, LMHC, LMFT
Jan 01, 2015
Handy Brain Model
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The HANDY BRAIN MODEL was created to help clinicians and educators show which areas of the brain are activated during various emotional states. Nonprofessional terminology is used as much as possible but may need to be further simplified, depending on the target audience. Because the HANDY BRAIN MODEL turns 2-dimentional drawings on the mitten into a 3-dimentional object, it lacks anatomical accuracy, but shows the connection between structures. More accurate graphics of the brain are included as necessary.

  • No assembly is required! It simulates the soft texture of the brain better than plastic models.
  • It comes in men’s and woman’s sizes. With the cardboard insert it easily fits teens and adults.

Neuroscientists often suggest making a fist to show how the brain cortex wraps around the limbic system. The HANDY BRAIN MODEL does this and much more:

  • The Temporal, frontal, parietal lobe and Occipital lobe are shown on the back of the mitten.
  • The corpus callosum, cingulate gyrus, thalamus, mid brain, brain stem cerebellum, dopamine and serotonin pathways, and parasympathetic cranial nerves are shown on the palm of the mitten
  • Features of the limbic system (nucleus accumbens, caudate, putamen hippocampus, and amygdala) and insula cortex are shown on the front and back of the thumb.

Concise Instructions

  • Psychiatrists explain (1) where dopamine and serotonin are produced and distributed; how these neurochemicals improve mood, anxiety, attention; (3) how prescription medications are different from street medication; and (4) how newer medications are helpful with thought disorders
  • Psychologists and psychotherapists explain (1) neurological “tricks” to reduce anxiety and anger and improve relationships; (2) outline protocols for treating OCD, PTSD, and Impulse Control Disorders; (3) brain-based differences in gender and sexual orientation; and (4) brain changes produced by meditation.
  • Educators can show the location of different brain structures and how they interact. It is appropriate for middle school to college students.
  • Parents can demystify ghosts, goblins, and tantrums by showing children what is happening in their brains. The HANDY BRAIN MODEL is excellent to use with Daniel Siegel’s book, The Whole-Brain Child.
  • Students can use the HANDY BRAIN MODEL for science projects and classroom talks.


  • Small fits small-frame adults
  • Medium fits most women and some men
  • Large fits many men



Kate Cohen-Posey, MS, LMHC, LMFT's Profile

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Kate Cohen-Posey, MS, LMHC, LMFT, is the director of Psychiatric & Psychological Services in Lakeland, FL and has 40 years of clinical experience. She is the author of several books: Her best-selling client handout books offer concise information on common disorders and relationship problems; Making Hostile Words Harmless teaches how to disarm attack-defend-withdraw neural pathways and is endorsed by Stephen R. Lankton, protégé of Milton Erickson; Empowering Dialogues Within gives more than 50 examples of brain change strategies by wiring negative brain centers with their counter parts in the positive frontal lobe through dialogue. She is the inventor of the Handy Brain Model – a teaching tool that makes complex neurological information understandable. Kate has a knack for integrating wisdom from CBT, Ericksonian hypnosis, Gestalt, Ego State, EMDR, Somatic, and Brain-spotting therapies with knowledge emerging from neuroscience and brain imaging studies. She has also studied with the Hokori-Ji Zen Center and has been practicing yoga for many years.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kate Cohen-Posey receives compensation as Director of Psychiatric and Psychological Services. She receives royalties as an author from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Rainbow Books, Inc. Ms. Cohen-Posey has an ownership interest with Handy Brain Model. Kate Cohen-Posey receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Kate Cohen-Posey is a member of the Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA); and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).


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