Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New on the Neuroscience for Kids Web Site
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. Neuroscience for Kids Drawing Contest Results
4. Brain Awarenesss Week 2005
5. SfN at the National Science Teachers Association Meeting
6. TV Movie "Saving Milly" to Air in March
7. Media Alert
8. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
9. Support Neuroscience for Kids
10. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. February Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Butterbur Extract Reduces Migraine
C. 2005 Neuroscience for Kids Drawing Contest Results
D. Kid's Hurt Too!
In February, 14 new figures were added and 47 pages were modified.
If you love a good visual illusion, then the web site of Dr. Michael Bach
(University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany) won't disappoint you. Dr.
Bach displays 53 different visual illusions of seven different types: 1)
Motion and Time, 2) Luminance and Contrast, 3) Color, 4) Geometric and
Angle, 5) Size Constancy, 6) Cognitive and Gestalt and 7) Faces.
Instructions and a brief explanation of each illusion are provided. The
web site is interactive, so take your time and play with the demonstration
settings to explore how each illusion works.
Examples from winning artists can be seen at:
The following companies and organizations generously donated prize books to allow multiple winners in each age group:
American Academy of Neurology for "101 Questions Your Brain Has Asked About Itself but Couldn't Answer ... Until Now" by Faith Hickman Brynie and "The Brain Explained" by Daniel Drubach.
Capstone Press for "Your Senses" by Helen Frost.
Capstone Press/Bridgestone Books for "Your Brain" by Terri DeGezelle.
Compass Point Books for "Sound" by Darlene R. Stille.
Picture Window Books for "Sound: Loud, Soft, High, and Low" by Natalie M. Rosinsky.
The Dana Press for "States of Mind" edited by Roberta Conlan.
If you would like to share what you did during BAW, send me (e-mail:
email@example.com) a summary and I will try to include it in a
future issue of the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
"Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson's Disease" by Morton
Kondracke, New York: Public Affairs, 2001, ISBN: 1586480375.
B. "Our Preferred Poison" by Karen Wright (Discover magazine, March, 2005) discusses the health risks associated with mercury.
C. "Broken Heart" by Christine Gorman (Time magazine, February 21, 2005) discusses how emotional stress can affect the heart.
D. "The Biology of...Bitterness" by Mary Duenwald (Scientific American, March, 2005) discusses how researchers are manipulating taste receptors to turn bitter tastes into sweet tastes.
E. "Beyond the Brain" is the cover story of National Geographic magazine (March, 2005).
F. "The Right (and Wrong) Way to Treat Pain" is the cover story of Time magazine (February 28, 2005).
G. "Babies and Autism" is the cover story of Newsweek magazine (February 28, 2005).
H. "The Secret Mind" is the cover story of US News and World Report (February 28, 2005).
I. "Hidden Motives," part of the Scientific American Frontiers series, debuts on your local PBS station on March 2, 2005. This show discusses how neuroscience is combining with marketing to explain how unconscious decisions influence behavior.
J. "The Math Myth," is the cover of Time magazine (March 7, 2005) and
contains the article "Who Says a Woman Can't be Einstein?" by Amanda
Ripley about men's and women's brains. "His Brain, Her Brain" in US News
and World Report (March 7, 2005) also discusses brain differences between
B. Although stroke is the third most common cause of death in the US, its death rate has declined 65% since 1950. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics, 2004, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm)
C. Depression occurs in 2% of elementary school-aged children and 4-8% of adolescents. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics, 2004, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm)
D. A staff or wand with either one or two snakes wound around it is often used as a symbol of medicine. The single snake staff is attributed to the ancient Greek God Asclepius (Aesculapius or Asklepios); the two snake wand, called a caduceus, is attributed to the mythological character Hermes (Mercury). The logo of the American Medical Association uses a staff of Asclepius while that of the US Public Health Service uses a caduceus. (Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/greek/greek_asclepius.html)
E. A "Mickey Finn" is a drink made with alcohol and chloral hydrate.
This drink was developed in the 1870s by a group of tavern owners to make
customers unconscious. Customers were robbed after they became
unconscious. (Source: Bethard, W., Lotions, Potions, Deadly Elixirs.
Frontier Medicine in America, Lanham: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
"Neuroscience for Kids" is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center of Research Resources.