In this issue:
A. May Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Mary Tyler Moore Recovering from Brain Surgery
C. Long-term Use of Ecstasy May Damage the Hippocampus
In May, 3 new figures were added and 39 pages were modified.
NeuroMorpho.Org is a collection of digitally reconstructed neurons. The collection currently has more than 6,000 reconstructions from 11 different species, 45 brain regions, and 47 cell types that have been contributed by 50 labs from around the world.
You can browse the collection by animal species, brain area, cell type or laboratory. Most of the neurons come from humans, but there are many from rats, mice, monkeys, crickets, cats, guinea pigs, rats and flies. Approximately two-thirds of all of the neurons are from the cerebral cortex.
To see a reconstructed neuron, go to "Browse All Files" on the menu bar and select an animal, species or cell type. Click on a selection and then on one of the neuron names. The "3D Neuron Viewer" will open a JAVA enabled window where you can enlarge the image and "Animation" will open a window that will rotate the neuron in three dimensions. Looking at neurons in this way will show you the great variability in the size and shape of neurons found in the brain.
NeuroMorpho.Org was developed and is maintained by the Computational
Neuroanatomy Group, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George
Mason University (Giorgio Ascoli, Ph.D.).
and see some photographs at:
I hope to go back to India in several months and continue my work with
these monks and nuns.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is looking for videos that creatively educate and excite the public about neuroscience, and we want you to get involved! Cash prizes will be awarded to the best original video that demonstrates a concept about the brain or nervous system in less than five minutes through an animation, song or skit. Videos will be judged on accuracy, creativity and educational content. Scientists of ALL ages are welcome to participate, but contestants must partner with an SfN member. You can find a neuroscientist near you using the SfN Web site at:
Submissions are due June 10, 2011. For details about the contest, see:
For contest rules and deadlines, see:
You can read a scientific paper describing the illusion at:
View all of the illusion finalists at:
B. "Head Cases" by Ben Reiter (Sports Illustrated, May 16, 2011) discusses the controversy about the neurological effects of contact sports.
C. "A Test for Consciousness" by Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi (Scientific American, June, 2011) describes a possible way to know if a computer is conscious.
D. "The Science of Optimism" is the cover story of the June 6, 2011,
issue of TIME magazine.
B. The British government may build a new highway to connect Cambridge and Oxford. Some have called this new road "The Brain Belt."
C. Northampton College in central England recorded a house cat with a purr of 73 decibels. For comparison, car traffic reaches about 70 decibels and an alarm clock is as loud as 80 decibels. (Source: Seattle Times, March 31, 2011, page A8.)
D. Approximately 75% to 85% of those who stutter in childhood will outgrow it when they become adults. (Source: National Institutes of Health; http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Feb2011/Feature2)
E. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month and Vision Research Month.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.