In this issue:
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Lionfish: A Fish to Avoid
In January, 3 new figures were added and 27 pages were modified.
Brusspup is a YouTube video site filled with amazing visual illusions.
The current featured video is "Crazy Moving Square Illusion" that is quite
simple, but very surprising. Most of the videos at Brusspup first
demonstrate the illusion and then show you how the illusion is made. If
you don't mind ignoring the ads that go with YouTube video sites but enjoy
visual illusions, then Brusspup is the place for you.
Show your BRAINY spirit for BAW:
The monks and nuns are especially interested in the brain and its role in consciousness. During the two week workshop, we discussed many topics including the senses, learning and memory and the autonomic nervous system. I provided not only basic information about these subjects, but hands-on activities that the monastics can use when they go back to their monasteries.
You can read more about this adventure on my trip blog at:
B. The January 2012 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND includes the articles "Forgetting is Key to a Healthy Mind" by Ingrid Wickelgren, "Common Brain Mechanisms Underlie Supernatural Perceptions" by Richard Wiseman, "Emotion Selectively Distorts Our Recollections" by Ingfei Chen, "Scientists Manipulate and Erase Memories" by Adam Piore, and "Illusion Contest Offers Mind-Warping Visions" by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde.
C. Scientific American has just published a new issue about time.
Several articles focus on neuroscience and time: "Real Time" by Gary Stix;
"That Mysterious Flow" by Paul Davies, "Is Time an Illusion?" by Craig
Callender, "Time and the Twin Paradox" by Ronald C. Lasky; "Times of Our
Lives" by Karen Wright, "Remembering When" by Antonio Damasio.
B. The first mental hospital, inspired by a priest's sermon, was founded in Spain in 1409.
C. The brain of a horse weighs about 532 grams.
D. Sea lions can hear frequencies between 100 and 40,000 Hz. Humans can hear frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hz.
E. The diameter of the vertebral artery is 2 to 3 mm.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.