Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. August Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Moderate Doses of MDMA Can Be Dangerous
In August, 2 new figures were added and 32 pages were modified.
Michelle Hunter is a New York-based artist who works primarily in acrylic
paint; she also has a great interest in the brain. Michelle's Web site
features a gallery of her Brain Paintings and Brain Drawings. If you
click on one of the images, you will be taken to a link to a blog where
you can learn more about the image. The Brain Drawing images were created
for special occasions such as World Autism Awareness Day and Valentine's
A. Brainy activity-a-day - do one short neuroscience-related activity every day: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/act.html
B. Track neuroscience in the news - read a current events news story about the brain.
C. Write a brainy poem - rhyming, non-rhyming, haiku, or limerick
D. Start the day with a brain joke or a brainy quote:
E. Increase your neuroscientific\ vocabulary - learn about the origins about neuroanatomical and neurophysiolgical words:
F. Solve a brainy puzzle:
I will post messages, photos and videos to the blog during my stay in
India when I have access to the Internet.
B. "Gulf War Illness Leaves a Mark on the Brain" by Florence Williams (DISCOVER magazine, September, 2014).
C. A new issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND (September, 2014) is on newsstands now with articles about metacognition, memory, fibromyalgia, depression, and language.
D. "The Beautiful Life of Your Brain" by Kimberly Hiss (READER'S DIGEST, September, 2014).
E. "Etching the Neural Landscape" by Greg Dunn and "Why is it So Hard to
Stop Sports Concussions" by Stephen Piazza (AMERICAN SCIENTIST,
B. To optimize sleep and alertness in the classroom, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools should start no earlier than 8:30 am. (Source: School Start Times for Adolescents, Pediatrics; published ahead of print August 25, 2014, doi:10.1542/peds.2014-1697)
C. University of Southern California neuroscientist Roberta Diaz Brinton was named "Woman of the Year" by Los Angeles magazine. (Source: http://news.usc.edu/67521/brinton-honored-as-woman-of-the-year-by-la-magazine/)
D. Jean Astruc coined the term reflex in 1736.
E. The cerebellum of a dog weighs about 6.0 grams.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.