In this issue:
A. July Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Alabama Concussion Law Signed
C. Bilingualism May Delay Alzheimer's Onset
In July, 5 new figures were added and 26 pages were modified.
Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is an unusual speech disorder that happens
when people start to speak with a "foreign" accent. FAS usually occurs
after someone has suffered from traumatic brain injury or a stroke. The
FAS Support web site provides more information about the disorder
including some "before and after" speech samples that you can hear and
links to some video news stories that you can watch.
The CSNE will be a hub for delivering neural-inspired sensorimotor devices. These devices will use signals from the brain that are gathered from implantable, wearable, and interactive interfaces. Example devices that researchers in the Center will build include implantable neurochips that can activate paralyzed limbs by electrically stimulating muscles or nerves; stationary robots that extract neural signals from a user's touch to provide home-based, post-stroke therapy; neural-controlled prosthetic limbs, and wearable caps that control external exploration devices.
The new Center will also have opportunities for high school students, teachers and undergraduates! Each summer, a few high school students, teachers and undergraduate students will be placed into CSNE laboratories where they will work on research projects with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and Center faculty. Application materials for these programs will be available on the CSNE web site:
B. Visit the museum exhibit "Goose Bumps!, The Science of Fear" at the Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA) until September 5, 2011. The exhibit features interactive demonstrations including a) Fear of Animals, b) Fear of Electric Shock, c) Faces of Emotion, d) Facial Recognition, e) The Survival Game and f) Make a Scary Movie.
C. "How to Build a Better Learner" by Gary Stix (Scientific American,
August, 2011) describes brain studies that suggest new ways to improve
reading, writing, math and social skills.
B. Caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, belongs to the xanthine chemical group.
C. The name of the brain area called the "pulvinar" comes from the Greek word meaning "cushion" or "pillow."
D. Some fish in the shad and herring families can hear sounds with frequencies as high as 180 Khz. This ability allows the fish to hear the ultrasonic signals sent by dolphins that eat these fish. Humans can hear sounds up to only 20 KHz. (Source: Bear, M.F., Connors, B.W. and Paradiso, M.A., Neuroscience. Exploring the Brain, 3rd edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.)
E. The sale and consumption of fugu, the Japanese pufferfish, is banned by
countries in the European Union because it contains the potentially deadly
neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.