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    Neuroscience as Performance

    The creative force and star of a one-man show, Baba Brinkman talks about integrating hip-hop, humor, and brain research into 70 minutes of entertainment.

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    Lesson Plans for K-5

    Introducing our new lesson plans for students K-5! Build-a-Brain, Protect Your Brain, and Expose Your Nose each have lesson plans and teacher PowerPoints.

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    The Successful Aging & Your Brain program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. The program includes live public forums, videos, and printed resources.

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    Cerebrum Book Review

    After a distinguished career as a professor at Emory University and San Diego State University, this left-handed author—whose mother was also a southpaw—examines left-handedness in the context of studies that have contested the classifications and meanings of disability, forcing researchers to re-examine their assumptions and attitudes about disability while challenging public policies aimed at them.

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Top Stories

Connecting the Dots: New Insights into Creativity and the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

“Ordinary” mental processes combine in unexpected ways across the brain when we are tapping our creativity.

Overcoming Mental Health Disparities Across Racial Communities

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers find that a standard tool for assessing depression does not correctly identify the disorder in minority groups. 

Treating Cognitive Decline in HIV Patients

by Moheb Costandi

Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to stemming progression of mental problems in people with HIV.

Toward a Medical Model of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Brenda Patoine

New findings have helped affirm the long-postulated idea that even mental disorders have a physical basis. One of the latest pieces of evidence comes from brain imaging research on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which sheds light on its neurobiological underpinnings and points the way for more precise interventions. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

New Method of Neural Signaling May Help Explain Obesity

by Kayt Sukel


Genetic changes that influence activity on the cell body of neurons, not the synapses, change eating behavior in mice.




Connecting the Dots to Find a Protein that Affects Tau

by Kayt Sukel

Stanley-Prusiner-March18-80A variety of brain troubles can trigger tau to form tangles, leading to diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s. While working to develop much-needed animal models that mimic the tricky process, Dana Foundation grantee Stanley Prusiner, M.D., found another protein, sortilin, that appears to govern tau’s actions. One of our series of Q&As with Dana grantees.


The Evolution of Human Capabilities and Abilities

April 12, 2018

by Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Ph.D.

The Evolution of Human Capabilities and Abilities

What if a catastrophic event wiped out 99.9 percent of human kind? How would we re-establish all the progress we’ve made since the Ice Age?

Events and Deadlines

Brainwave: The Future is Fluid

2/1/2018- 4/27/2018

The Rubin Museum of Art

New York, NY

The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Harnessing Mobile Technology to Predict, Diagnose, Monitor, and Develop Treatments for Nervous System Disorders

6/5/2018- 6/6/2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Washington, DC, and live webcast

Managing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Neurodegenerative Disease


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Featured Publications

Rita Levi-Montalcini: A Pioneer in Neuroscience

Rita Levi-Montalcini: A Pioneer in Neuroscience - Originally written in Italian and now available in English (PDF), this graphic novel celebrates the life and work of neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her "discovery of nerve growth factor" in 1986.

Featured Video

Buildings and the Brain: A Neuroscience & Society event held at AAAS in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2018. Speakers: Justin Hollander, Eve Edelstein, Margaret Calkins; discussion includes Frederick Marks. See also our blogpost from the event.