Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
Searching for the Mind is the blog of Dr. Jon Lieff, a psychiatrist who
specializes in geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. The blog is a
collection of articles arranged into nine different categories including
Human Brain, Animals, Neuronal Plasticity and Where is Mind. Dr. Lieff
publishes new entries several times a month so it is likely you will find
an article that interests you. The February 15, 2015, article discusses
the complex behavior of insects such as ants, bees and termites. To dive
deeper into a particular topic, Dr. Lieff provides numerous book
suggestions in the Resources section of the site.
For students in grades 3-6.
Developmental topographical disorientation. Amusia. Tetrachromacy. Prosopagnosia. Congenital anosmia. Strange words and phrases all explained by Maria Birmingham in her book about unusual conditions that affect the human body.
Of the 17 different conditions described in the book, 13 involve the nervous system. Learn what it is like to remember practically everything that happens to you every day (highly superior autobiographical memory). Find out why some people sleepwalk and why other people get lost in familiar places (developmental topographical disorders). Problems with hearing music (amusia), face blindness (prosopagnosia) and interpreting size (Alice in Wonderland syndrome) are also discussed. When you read about enhanced abilities such as supertasting, supercolor vision (tetrachromacy) and synesthesia, you might wonder what you are missing in the world around you. __________________________________________________________
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This workshop is sponsored by my Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience
B. "How Animals Communicate Via Pheromones" by Tristram Wyatt (AMERICAN SCIENTIST, March-April, 2015).
C. "A Whole New World" by Rachel Gross (WIRED magazine, February, 2015) describes devices to restore the senses.
D. "Electronic Medicine Fights Disease" by Kevin J. Tracey (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, March, 2015) describes how stimulation of the nervous system could replace drugs for inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.
E. TIME magazine (February 23-March 2, 2015) has a special health issue
with "Get Your Head in the Game" by Jeffrey Kluger about how the mind can
influence health and "Can Brain Games Keep My Mind Young" by Justin
Worland about the possible benefits of cognitive games.
B. Humans have about 450 different types of olfactory receptors. (Source: http://www.brainfacts.org/sensing-thinking-behaving/senses-and-perception/ articles/2015/making-sense-of-scents-smell-and-the-brain/)
C. The Institute of Medicine has proposed that "chronic fatigue syndrome" be renamed as "systemic exertion intolerance disease."
D. The last words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt were: "I have a terrific headache."
E. Australian author Colleen McCullough, who died at the age of 77 on
January 29, 2015, wrote the novel "The Thorn Birds." Before McCullough
became a full time author, she was a neuroscientist who did research at
Yale Medical School.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.