In this issue:
A. May Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Phobia Increases the Perception of Size
In May, 2 new figures were added and 36 pages were modified.
BrainFacts.org is a new web site launched in May, 2012, by the Society for Neuroscience. According to a press release about the site, BrainFacts.org seeks to help "...people of all ages to learn more about how the brain works, how it drives thought and behavior, and its role in brain diseases and disorders."
The site is divided into six main sections: About Neuroscience; Brain Basics; Sensing, Thinking, & Behaving; Diseases & Disorders; Across the Lifespan; In Society. Each of those main sections is further divided into more sections. For example, Brain Basics is divided into Neuroanatomy, Cell Communication, Brain Development, Neural Network Function and Evolution. All of these sections contain scientific articles and news reports about a particular topic. The news articles link to the original source such as Scientific American, MSNBC and Reuters. BrainFacts.org should be a valuable "go to" site as long as the developers make frequent updates to keep up with new research findings.
BrainFacts.org was created with support from The Kavli Foundation, the
Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
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B. "The Perfected Self by David H. Freedman (The Atlantic, June, 2012) discusses the comeback of B.F. Skinner's theory of behavioral modification.
C. The "Body Worlds & the Brain" exhibit opened on May 25 at the Science
Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA).
B. Nitric oxide and carbon monoxide are two gases that work as neurotransmitters.
C. Only about half the number of neurons generated during development survives into adulthood. (Source: Brain Facts, Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., 2012.)
D. June is National Migraine Awarness Month.
E. The brain of a platypus weighs about 9 grams. This is slightly less
than the weight of an average rabbit brain (about 10-13 grams), but more
than the weight an average squirrel brain (about 7.6 grams).
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.