Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. June Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
"Brain Games" is a National Geographic Channel series that explores how
the brain controls our thoughts, memories, perceptions, movements and
emotions. Although you have to subscribe to the National Geographic
Channel to watch full episodes of the show, the Brain Games web site
provides video clips from many of the episodes.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Reading level: Kindergarten to Grade 3
In other reviews of books about the nervous system, I have mentioned how
difficult it is to make neuroscience easy to understand but still keep the
information scientifically accurate. Flora Brett has created an easy to
understand book, but it is has several misconceptions about how the
nervous system works. For example, dendrites are said to receive electric
signals from other neurons. Actually, receptors on dendrites receive
chemical signals from other neurons. This error and other mistakes make
"Your Nervous System Works" difficult to recommend.
B. Public conference, "Alzheimer's Disease: From Metabolic Demand at Rest to Brain Atrophy" with speaker, Ginetto Bovo, Castagnaro (Verona, Italy) Hall Don Stefano Centro Giovanile - September, 21, 2015; 9:00 pm.
C. "Wired for Touch" is the cover story of the July/August issue of
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND magazine. Articles in this issue include "The
Social Power of Touch," "How Violent Video Games Really Affect Kids,"
"Walking 2.0," "Melding Mind and Machine," and "Can You Train Your
B. Approximately 1.7 million scientists have actively published their work about the brain and behavior since 1996. (Source: Joels, M., Hoogenraad, C.C., Poirazi, P. and Di Luca, M., The hitchhikers guide to a neuroscience career, Neuron, 86:613-616, 2015.)
C. Since 2010, neuroscientists have produced approximately 1.8 million publications, amounting to 16% of the world's scientific output. (Source: Joels, M., Hoogenraad, C.C., Poirazi, P. and Di Luca, M., The hitchhikers guide to a neuroscience career, Neuron, 86:613-616, 2015.)
D. On July 3 1946, U.S. President Truman signed the National Mental Health Act that called for the establishment of a National Institute of Mental Health.
E. The volume of the brain is largest in the morning and smaller at other
times of the day. (Source: Nakamura, K., Brown, R.A. and Collins, D.L.,
Diurnal fluctuations in brain volume: Statistical analyses of MRI from
large populations, Neuroimage, 118:126-132, 2015.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.