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. Belgian Brain Cell
4. Figure/Ground Delivery
5. Media Alert
6. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
7. Support Neuroscience for Kids
8. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. May Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Too Much/Too Little Sleep Linked to Earlier Death
C. Ryan Westmoreland - Thrown a Curveball by a Cavernous Malformation
In May, 7 new figures were added and 25 pages were modified.
The "Welcome to Biological Psychology" Web site consists of two major sections. The first, Learning Biological Psychology, is a companion Web site to the textbook "Biological Psychology, 5th edition" by Marc Breedlove, Mark R. Rosenzweig, and Neil V. Watson. The site contains outlines, study questions, quizzes, activities, animations, tutorials and videos for the 19 chapters of the textbook. These resources are great ways to review concepts.
The second main section is the Biological Psychology NewsLink. NewsLinks
are short summaries of recent news reports and research papers. The most
recent summaries are listed first and they are also categorized according
to appropriate chapters in the textbook on the left side of page.
"It evokes the artistic richness of Belgium, as well as all its scientific achievements that have been integrated in our daily lifestyles and contributed to our global intellectual patrimony. The Brain Cell also refers directly to the role of Belgium as one Europe?s main cross-points and gathering centres. Throughout our experiences with Chinese locals in Shanghai, it appeared that although not all the Chinese are fully aware of Belgium, the meaning of this Brain Cell was easily understood."
Do you think the "brain cell" is a nerve cell or a glial cell?
And speaking of visual illusions -- the results of the 2010 "Best Illusion of the Year" were announced at the Vision Sciences Society meeting last month. See the winners here:
B. "The Insanity Virus" by Douglas Fox (Discover magazine, June, 2010) proposes a new theory about the cause of schizophrenia.
C. "Alzheimer's: Forestalling the Darkness" by Gary Stix (Scientific American, June, 2010) discusses how interventions before symptoms appear could stop or slow dementia.
D. "Fake Botox, Real Threat" by Ken Coleman and Raymond A. Zilinskas (Scientific American, June, 2010) discusses the potential problems associated with counterfeit botox, a neurotoxin.
E. An article by Bryan Walsh in Time magazine (May 31, 2010) discusses the recent International Journal of Epidemiology report about cell phones and brain cancer.
F. "Desperately Seeking Cures" by Sharon Begley and Mary Carmichael is
the cover story of the May 31, 2010 issue of Newsweek magazine and
discusses the process and problems of developing new drug treatments.
B. In February 1848, United States President John Quincy Adams had a stroke while he addressed Congress. He died two days later. (Reference: Jones, J.M. and Jones, J.L., Presidential stroke: United States presidents and cerebrovascular disease, CNS Spectr. 11:674-678, 2006.)
C. Cerebrospinal fluid has a pH of 7.4 (Source: Balaban, N.E. and Bobick, J.E., The Handy Anatomy Answers Book, Canton [MI]: Visible Ink Press, 2008).
D. June is Vision Research Month.
E. A 20 oz. cup (a "Venti" size) of Starbucks brewed coffee has 415 mg of
caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant. A single espresso shot of
Starbucks coffee has 75 mg of caffeine. A maximum strength "NoDoz" pill
contains 200 mg of caffeine. (Source for coffee caffeine content:
Starbucks Coffee Company pamphlet, 2009.)
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.