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    Blog: SfN 2014 Science Educator Award

    The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) awarded its Science Educator Award to Susana Martinez-Conde, for her mentoring and outreach to the public, including starting the annual "Best Illusion of the Year" award and inviting magicians and neuroscientists to the same stage. SfN President Carol Mason presented her the award on Saturday during the group’s annual meeting, in Washington, DC. This is the first year the Dana Foundation has sponsored this award.

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Madness and Memory

    Prions, which are infectious proteins that cause neural degeneration, are responsible for ravaging the brains of animals suffering from scrapie and mad cow disease, and of humans with a variant of mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Author and prion researcher Stanley Prusiner tells the story of how he and others identified prions and convinced others that they did, indeed, exist.

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    Q&A with Walter Boot and Arthur Kramer

    Brain Games: Do they work as well as their marketing says they do? That's the subject of this month’s Cerebrum article, "The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?” We ask a few questions of co-authors Walter R Boot and Arthur F. Kramer.  

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    European Dana Alliance Members Share Nobel in Medicine

    British-American researcher John O'Keefe and Norwegian researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard I, Moser were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering “an inner GPS, in the brain,” that makes navigation possible for virtually all creatures. The Mosers, members of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, wrote on their research for Cerebrum in March: "Mapping Your Every Move."

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    Students: Design a Brain Experiment

    The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the fourth annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

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Top Stories

Environmental Influence on the Developing Brain

by Carl Sherman

A panel at the recent Aspen Brain Forum discussed how certain social and psychological aspects of environment influence biology and behavior.

Nutrition and Brain Development

by Carl Sherman

Speakers on an Aspen Brain Forum panel about nutrition focused on iron deficiency—the most common single nutrient deficiency in the world—and its effects on neurodevelopment.

This is Your Brain in Space

by Dirk Hanson

Want to travel to Mars? Bring empathy, communication skills; expect trouble with seeing, thinking—and keeping food down.

Probing Synaptic Pruning

by Brenda Patoine

Beth StevensDana grantee Beth Stevens, Ph.D., discusses the unexpected roles immune cells play in normal brain development and disease. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.


What Does it Mean to be ‘Amyloid Positive?’

by Jim Schnabel

Studies suggest amyloid accumulates for 3 decades or more before dementia symptoms show.

Fear and the Brain, an Introduction

by Jeremy Shere

Researchers are teasing out brain areas and networks that respond to threats, real and imagined.

Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

by Craig Stark, PhD

Craig Stark, Ph.D.Our constant exposure to over-inflated claims of what technologies like neuroimaging can do are leading to a form of collective false memory in the form of an unreasonable expectation of what the technology can prove. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

The Truth Behind Brain Games

by Guy McKhann, MD

Guy_McKhann_thmbThe public is often sold the idea that brain games will increase intelligence and delay or reverse the negative cognitive effects of again. Some critics say they are worthless. What's the truth? From our free print publication, Brain in the News.


The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?

November 3, 2014

by Walter R. Boot, PhD, and Arthur F. Kramer, PhD 

 Cerebrum - article - August 2014 - feature

A host of companies promise to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Regardless of their effectiveness, their advertising has convinced tens of thousands of people to open their wallets.

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The Science of Illusion: After a performance by illusionist Alain Nu, panelists Richard Restak, Stephen L. Macknik, and Susana Martinez-Conde, explain the aspects of visual, sensory and cognitive neuroscience that help us fool ourselves; at AAAS in Washington, DC, on Oct. 28, 2014.