In this issue:
A. November Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Bath Salts
C. Educating Brains About Helmet Use
In November, 9 new figures were added and 31 pages were modified.
Neuroscience is a topic that is discussed within many non-science fields such as economics, philosophy and law. This month's selected web site, "Research Network on Law and Neuroscience," focuses on the intersection between law and neuroscience. Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is sponsored by the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "to help the legal system avoid misuse of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law contexts" and "to explore ways to deploy neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system."
Start your exploration of the web site with the "News" tab where you will find popular articles about court rulings and legal issues. For example, one link takes you to a New York Times article (August 12, 2012) that discusses how judges give easier sentences to people when brain scans are used by defense lawyers. To dive deeper into the subject, move to "Publications" to find reprints about the issues or to "Neurolaw Resources" for links to other web sites.
The Research Network also sponsors conferences and is developing curricular materials to teach about law and neuroscience. Finally, the Research Network will support legal scholars and practitioners to attend the Neuroscience Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania where attendees will study cognitive neuroscience. Learn more about the Neuroscience Boot Camp at:
The deadline to receive drawings is February 1, 2013.
Space is limited, so register soon!
As part of the CSNE education program, where I am the Executive Director, high school students, undergraduate students and middle/high school teachers will join research laboratories during the summer of 2013. The Young Scholars Program (YSP) will place several high school students in research labs for 10 weeks. Undergraduate students will also work for 10 weeks in CSNE-affiliated labs in the Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program. In the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, middle and high school teachers will spend six weeks in a lab and one additional week developing curricular materials based on their research. All participants will receive a stipend for their work. For more information, including requirements and application materials, please visit:
B. "Mind Theorist" by Gareth Cook (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN magazine, December, 2012) discusses how the brain recognizes what someone else is thinking.
C. The cover story of the November-December, 2012, issue of ODYSSEY
magazine for kids is "Lost. Our Sense of Space."
B. American painter Chuck Close is afflicted with face blindness; he cannot recognize face. This is especially interesting because the primary subjects of his paintings are faces!
C. On December 12, 1904, Ivan Pavlov received the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine. Pavlov received the award for his work about digestion, not for his work about classical conditioning.
D. There are 1,000,000 neurotransmitter vesicles at the neuromuscular junction in frogs. (Source: Kandel, E.R., Schwartz, J. H. and Jessell, T.M., Principles of Neural Science, New York: McGraw Hill, 2000.)
E. In 2011, the Society for Neuroscience had 42,576 members.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.