Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. March Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
"Closer To Truth" is a PBS television program that focuses on the cosmos, consciousness and meaning. The program web site provides video interviews with well-known scientists, researchers and scholars who discuss their work and opinions. Many of the interviews in the consciousness theme deal with neuroscience such as mind-body problems, brain/mind, brain function, mental activities, subconscious, altered states of consciousness, parapsychology. You can navigate to these interviews by scrolling over the "TOPICS" button and then making a selection from the consciousness menu.
As a side note to this month's "Site of the Month," I discovered that "Neuroscience for Kids" was reviewed for a recent journal article. You can read this review in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience:
In mid-March, I visited Mill Creek Middle School for their Brain Symposium. At the symposium, I gave one presentation to area teachers and another to the general public. The school was filled student presentations about the brain and activities set up by outside organizations such as the Pacific Science Center and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
School visits have always been part of my Brain Awareness Week and 2015 was no exception because I was able to visit one high school and two elementary schools. It's great to know so many students and teachers are interested in learning about the brain.
If you would like to know about Brain Awareness Week activities around the world, visit the Brain Awareness Week Facebook site or the Dana Foundation web site:
Some people say that the big pay day that comes with playing professional football is worth the risk. Few football players ever get the chance to compete in the National Football League. Maybe he could play for just a few more years and then get out. Other people say that no amount of money is worth the risk of the neurological consequences that come with concussions and brain injuries.
What do you think? Did Chris make the right decision?
B. "Getting Enough Sleep Can Be a Matter of Life and Death" by Kenneth Miller (DISCOVER magazine, April, 2015).
C. "Unlocking the Secrets of PTSD" by Mark Thompson (TIME magazine,
April 6, 2015)
B. Horseshoe crabs have the largest rods and cones (photoreceptors) in the animal kingdom.
C. 350 million people are affected by depression. (Ledford, H., If depression were cancer, Nature, 515:182-184, 2014.)
D. Falls result in the greatest number of traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits (523,043) and hospitalizations (62,334). (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/blue_book.pdf)
E. "Excerebrose" is a word that means "brainless."
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.