Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. Neuroscience for Kids Writing Contest - Now Open
4. UW Brain Awareness Week Open House
5. Only at Neuroscience for Kids
6. End of the Year
7. Media Alert
8. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
9. Support Neuroscience for Kids
10. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. November Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Wearing BLUE Increases Judo Wins
C. Brain Surgery Through the Nose
D. Supreme Court Hears Case About Hoasca Tea
E. Spanish Version of Neuro-Jeopardy
F. Does Fidel Castro Have Parkinson's Disease?
In November, 34 new figures were added and 11 pages were modified.
Dr. Christopher D. Green, a professor of psychology at York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), has collected more than 100 of the most important papers in the field of psychology. These papers, some translated from their original language into English, are available on the Classics in the History of Psychology web site.
The collection is sorted by topic (for example, Ancient Thought, Neuropsychology, Perception, Personality, Social Psychology) and by author. Read the works of great thinkers such as Aristotle, Sigmund Freud and William James or the famous colored word test (the "Stroop Effect") by J. Ridley Stroop.
Regardless of the paper you choose to read at the web site, you are sure
to find a classic.
To read about Brain Awareness Week, please see:
If you cannot download the application form for the Open House, contact
Dr. Chudler by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Electronic postcards with neuroscience themes:
B. The Brain Alphabet
C. Brainy Hieroglyphics
D. Neuroscience on Stamps
E. Brain Jokes
F. Sam's Brainy Adventure
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B. "Music and the Mind" by Christine Gorman (Time magazine, November 14, 2005) discusses how music is being used by patients with Alzheimer's disease.
C. "Wired to Win," a new IMAX movie about the brain will be opening in many IMAX theaters around the country. The film uses the experiences of Tour de France cyclists to explain the amazing abilities of the brain. Check you local IMAX theatre for show times.
D. "A Warning To Snorers" by Helen Fields (US News and World Report, November 21, 2005) discusses the risks of sleep apnea.
E. "The Down Dilemma" by Claudia Wallis (Time magazine, November 21, 2005) discusses the controversy over early testing for Down Syndrome.
F. The new issue of Scientific American MIND (December 2005) is now available. This issue discusses topics such as fear, anger, brain damage, handedness and drugs that may erase specific memories.
G. "Young Brains, Beware" by Bernadine Healy (US News and World Report, December 5, 2005) discusses the signs of Alzheimer's disease.
H. "Inside the Mind of a Savant" by Darold A. Treffert and Daniel D.
Christensen (Scientific American, December, 2005) describes the amazing
mental feats of Kim Peek (the "Rain Man").
B. Mice, cats, dogs, horses, whales, humans and most other mammals have only seven neck bones (cervical vertebrae), but there are exceptions to this rule. Manatees and two-toed sloths have only SIX cervical vertebrae and three-toed sloths have NINE cervical vertebrae.
C. Giulio Cesare Aranzi coined the term "hippocampus" in 1564.
D. The first Ph.D. with "Psychology" in its title was given to Granville Stanley Hall at Harvard University in 1878.
E. When Santiago Ramon y Cajal was 11-years-old, he destroyed a neighbor's
gate with a homemade cannon and spent three days in jail. Cajal went on
to become a neuroscientist and won the Nobel Prize in 1906 for his work on
the structure of the neuron. (Reference: Rapport, R., Nerve Endings. The
Discovery of the Synapse, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2005.)
Help Neuroscience for Kids
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.