HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS!
Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. Drawing Contest - One More Month
4. 2009 Brain Awareness Week
5. Unsung Heroes
6. Media Alert
7. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
8. Support Neuroscience for Kids
9. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. December Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Treasure Hunt Game #8
C. January and February 2009 Neurocalendars
D. 2000-Year-Old Brain Found
E. Colors or No Colors Illusion
In December, 9 new figures were added and 51 pages were modified.
"The Human Brain" Web site from the New Scientist magazine has several features that are sure to excite your brain about the brain:
A. Latest Articles: frequently updated news stories about brain
B. Instant Expert: basic information about the brain.
C. Mind Tricks: methods to study your own brain.
D. Last Word: answers to common questions about the brain.
E. Interview: a short video with language expert, Dr. Steven Pinker.
There are advertisements scattered throughout the Web site, but you can
ignore them as you explore this fine resource.
All drawing contest entries must be RECEIVED by February 1, 2009. Students
from all countries are welcome to enter the contest.
Here at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), students will attend the 12th annual BAW Open House on March 11, 2009. The Open House will feature hands-on, interactive exhibits sponsored by students, faculty and staff from various university departments and organizations. There is still space available at the Open House and applications are still being accepted. If you would like to attend the UW BAW Open House, please complete and return the application form (in PDF format or WORD format):
Even if you cannot organize a brain fair, have a classroom visit by a neuroscientist or come to the Open House, you can still participate in BAW with some activities about the brain and nervous system. Neuroscience for Kids has some "brainy" ideas for a day, a week or a whole month; see:
In celebration of BAW, send a "brainy" postcard to a friend or family member; see:
On December 2, 2008, another famous patient, named "HM" ("H.M."), passed away at the age of 82. HM, whose real name was Henry Molaison, was hit by a bicycle and developed seizures when he was nine years old. When Molaison was 27 years old, he underwent an operation to control his his seizures. During the surgery, doctors removed the hippocampus, amygdala and parts of the temporal cortex on both sides of Molaison's brain. After the surgery, Molaison's seizures were reduced, but he was left with a strange memory problem: he could remember things that happened before the operation, but he could not form new memories! In other words, he could not get short-term memories into long-term memory. Mr. Molaison participated in research projects for many decades after his surgery. This research has provided important insights about how the brain processes and stores information.
For more information about Gage, Tan and H.M., see:
Phineas Gage Information
Language and the Brain
The Day His World Stood Still: The Strange Story of H.M.
B. "Inside the Shopping Brain" by Sharon Begley (Newsweek magazine, December 15, 2008).
C. "I Love My Life" by Mark Dagostino (People magazine, December 8, 2008)
describes how actor Michael J. Fox is coping with Parkinson's disease.
B. Famous people who succeeded after having a stroke include Louis Pasteur (scientist), Winston Churchill (British prime minister), Dwight D. Eisenhower (US president), Kirk Douglas (actor), and Quincy Jones (musician). (Source: Wallechinsky, D. and Wallace, A., The New Book of Lists, New York: Canongate, 2005.)
C. The brain of an adult koala weighs 18.6 grams. (Reference: Grand, T.I., and Barboza1, P.S., Anatomy and development of the koala, Phascolarctos cinereus: an evolutionary perspective on the superfamily Vombatoidea, Anat. Embryol., 203:211?223, 2001.)
D. There is a Dutch proverb that says: "A handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains."
E. January 4, 2009 is World Braille Day. January 4th is the day that
Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille, was born.
Help Neuroscience for Kids
Your comments and suggestions about this newsletter and the "Neuroscience for Kids" web site are always welcome. If there are any special topics that you would like to see on the web site, just let me know.
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.