NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS NEWSLETTER
Volume 19, Issue 10
Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:
1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. Neuroscience for Monks
4. Winners of the BAW Video Contest
5. Memory: Past Meets Present
6. Media Alert
7. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
8. Support Neuroscience for Kids
9. How to Stop Your Subscription
1. WHAT'S NEW AT NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS
Neuroscience for Kids had several new additions in September including:
A. September Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
2. NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS "SITE OF THE MONTH"
The Neuroscience for Kids "Site of the Month" for October is the
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) "Redefining Possible"
"Redefining Possible" tells the stories of people who have had spinal cord
or brain injuries. Each story is accompanied by a photograph, a quote,
and a video about the person. Most of the people suffered their injuries
car accidents, but they have all overcome their injuries and found a way
The web site is really a piece of art. The photography is excellent and
the behind-the-scenes videos provide extra insight into each of the
3. NEUROSCIENCE FOR MONKS
Last month I spent about two weeks in Bylakuppe, India, teaching
neuroscience to a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Although the
monks had very little science background, they were all curious about what
I had to say about the brain. They also asked me some very difficult
questions about consciousness. You can read more about the trip on my
and see photos at:
4. WINNERS OF THE BAW VIDEO CONTEST
The winners of the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week
Video Contest have been announced. First place ($1,000 plus travel,
two-nights lodging and registration to the upcoming Society for
Neuroscience meeting) went to Matthew Sugrim for his video titled "Do We
See the Same Red?" Matthew's video as well as those from the second and
third place winners can be seen on the Society for Neuroscience web site
5. MEMORY: PAST MEETS PRESENT
The Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA) has opened a new "Portal to
Current Research" exhibit titled "Memory: Past Meets Present." The
exhibit shows how procedural memory helps people learn to do different
tasks. One demonstration was created by University of Washington graduate
students who created "vHAB," a video game that patients can use for
rehabilitation after they have they have suffered injury or disease. The
installment will be on the floor of the Pacific Science Center until March
6. MEDIA ALERT
A. "The Power of Sleep" is the cover story in the October, 2015, issue of
B. "Stepping into the Light" by Alexandra Sifferlin and Alice Park
discusses possible cures for blindness (TIME magazine, September 21,
7. THE TREASURE TROVE OF BRAIN TRIVIA
A. Sir Peter Mansfield, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
in 2003 for his work on discoveries related to magnetic resonance imaging,
was born on October 9, 1933.
B. The eyelid has the thinnest skin on the entire body (Source: Sims, M.,
Adam's Navel, New York: Viking, 2003).
C. Meningitis can be caused by certain types of bacteria, viruses, fungi,
parasites, cancers, and drugs.
D. Here is an easy way to remember the order of the meninges, starting
from the layer closest to the brain: The meninges "PAD" the brain -- Pia;
E. Oliver Wendell Holmes (The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, 1858) had
this to say about wearing glasses: "Spectacles. I don't use them. All I
ask is a large, fair type, a strong daylight or gas-light, and one yard of
focal distance, and my eyes are as good as ever."
8. SUPPORT NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.