In this issue:
A. April Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
In April, 2 new figures were added and 12 pages were modified.
This month's site selection does not have the most exciting name, but it does have some excellent information about concussions for student athletes and their parents, teachers and coaches.
The site discusses how to recognize, respond and prevent head injuries in student athletes. Videos discuss these issues in more detail and include criteria that determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to play. In the Student Athlete section, an animated cartoon titled "What's a Concussion, Anyway?" shows what happens to the brain during a concussion.
The "School-Wide Concussion Management" web site is a good resource for
anyone involved in school athletics programs: athletes, parents, coaches
The deadline for entries is June 11, 2012.
A few days later, both pieces were published online. Although most of the articles accurately reflected what I had said, I found it interesting to read the specific quotes that were selected. I suppose the entire interview could not be used and that to sell a story, a reporter must use the most catchy "sound bites."
After that article appeared on MSNBC, a morning radio personality in Seattle asked if I could do a live interview about the same topic. I agreed and spent about 15 minutes talking to the radio host and his sidekicks. For the most part, they all stayed on topic until one of them asked me to interpret the meaning of a dream he had the night before.
These experiences remind me that it is important to speak clearly and to
choose words wisely especially when dealing with the the press.
B. "Shhh! Genius at Work" by Jeffrey Kluger (TIME magazine, April 23, 2012) discusses sleep and creativity.
C. "Mind Wandering" by Michael Corbalis (AMERICAN SCIENTIST, May-June, 2012) discusses how remembering the past and imagining the future use similar processes. This issue also has the article "Plenty of Room at the Bottom?" by William G. Eberhard and William T. Wcislo about brain size in invertebrates.
D. "Erasing Painful Memories" by Jerry Adler (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, May, 2012) discusses how traumatic memories can be removed with new drug and behavioral therapies.
E. The May 2012 issue of Scientific American MIND is on newsstands now
with the articles "How Physics and Neuroscience Dictate Your "Free" Will"
by Christof Koch, "Redefining Mental Illness" by Ferris Jabr, "Inside the
Wrong Body" by Carrie Arnold, "Sleep's Secret Repairs" by Jason Castro,
and "The Subtle Power of Hidden Messages" by Wolfgang Stroebe.
A. The total number of people with dementia worldwide in 2010 is estimated at 35.6 million.
B. The total number of people with dementia is projected to nearly double every 20 years.
C. The total number of people with dementia is expected to be 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.
D. The total number of new cases of dementia each year worldwide is almost 7.7 million
E. The number of new cases of dementia is estimated to be one every
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.