In this issue:
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
In February, 3 new figures were added and 68 pages were modified.
Dr. Bruce Hood, a professor at the University of Bristol, gave a great presentation for the 2011 Royal Institution 2011 Christmas Lecture that you can view online. Dr. Hood's talk "What's in your head" is a good way to introduce neuroscience to students of all ages.
The presentation starts with a demonstration of how magnetic stimulation can affect brain function and then takes a tour of a brain scanning laboratory. Dr. Hood compares brain size of different animals to introduce basic neuroanatomy and has some interesting graphics to illustrate how neurons work. Guests to the program record neural activity from a locust and demonstrate how electrical activity from the brain is recorded from a person. Dr. Hood does a few more activities including the famous McGurk Effect, the Rubber Hand Illusion and the Ames Room to show how the brain tries to interpret the world.
The lecture is about one hour in length and I recommend that you watch the
Keira J. (grade 1); poem sung to the tune of "Are you Sleeping":
Brains are awesome,
Brains are awesome,
They help you see.
They help you move.
They help you when you're talking.
They help you when you're reading.
Brains are cool!
Brains are cool!
Abhi D., (grade 4):
I know your amygdala can make you feel sad
Can make you feel angry
Can make you feel glad
Can make you feel evil, obnoxious or tense
Can make you feel joyful
Does all that make sense?
Morgan S., (grade 7):
A lightshow of thoughts,
Spinning axons, synapse sparks,
Planet in my skull.
Paul D., (adult), excerpt:
Our brains are filled with billions of neurons or nerve cells,
that create vast highways on which we tell,
different parts of the body to move and respond
To feel...to think...to sense the world of which we are fond.
Show your BRAINY spirit for BAW:
The webcast will take place on March 28th at 8pm (Eastern Time). See:
The webcast is sponsored by MyMoon and funded by NASA's Science Mission
The fair offers free classes about research advances in Alzheimer's disease, autism, brain injury, epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, stroke and other types of brain disease, and fun activities for kids and teenagers.
Registration is now open:
B. The cover story in the March, 2012, of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is "The Neuroscience of Identity" with an article titled "What Makes Each Brain Unique" by Fred H. Gage and Alysson R. Muotri.
C. "The Art of Memory" by Oliver Uberti (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, March, 2012) describes a memory champion's method.
D. "Early Decision" by Bonnie Rochman (TIME magazine, February 27, 2012) discusses how prenatal testing may reduce the number of babies with Down syndrome.
E. A new issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND is now on newsstands with the articles "Supertaskers and the Multitasking Brain" by David L. Strayer and Jason M. Watson, "A Mind in Danger" by Victoria Costello, "The Secrets of Self-Improvement" by Marina Krakovsky, "Sensational Senses: Immerse Yourself," "Edges of Perception" by Ariel Bleicher, "I Know How You Feel" by Janina Seubert and Christina Regenbogen and "Smells Like Old Times" by Maria Konnikova.
F. "Getting to No" by Jeffrey Kluger (TIME magazine, March 5, 2012)
discusses the chemical and psychology of saying "no."
B. As of January 13, 2012, India has gone one year without a case of polio. (Source: Science, January 20, 2012, p. 268.)
C. Paedophryne amauenis, a newly discovered frog species found in an eastern New Guinea rainforest, is the world's smallest vertebrate (animal with a backbone). These adult frogs average 7.7 millimeters in length. (Source: Science, January 20, 2012, p. 269.)
D. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
E. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili pepper has replaced the Bhut
Jolokia chili pepper as the world's hottest pepper.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.