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  • Students examining a brain specimen during the University of Washington 2014 Brain Awareness Week Open House.

    From One Man’s Vision to a Global Campaign: Celebrating 20 years of Brain Awareness Week

    Growing enthusiasm from the science community and the public has seen Brain Awareness Week expand across five continents. We look back on the campaign’s evolution. Find a BAW event near you .

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    BAW Turns 20: March 16-22, 2015!

    Mark your calendars for the 20th anniversary celebration of Brain Awareness Week, March 16-22, 2015. It’s not too early to start making your plans! Check out Tips & Resources and Partner Reports for event ideas.

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    Q&A with Sir Robin Murray, MD

     Are different strains and synthetic cannabinoids especially dangerous? That's one of the topics of this month’s Cerebrum article, "Appraising the Risks of Reefer Madness.” We ask some questions of its author, Sir Robin Murray, MD.  

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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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  • May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser

    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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    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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Top Stories

Early Life Experience, Critical Periods, and Brain Development

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers describe links between the presence of a caregiver, the absence of severe prenatal stress, and changes in brain structure and function in childhood and adolescence.

When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education

by Kayt Sukel

A recent survey suggests that neuromyths are more pervasive in the educational community than we might think, and this may work against academic achievement. We investigate some of the most common myths, explaining their scientific origins and realities. One of our series of briefing papers. 

How to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Without Taking Drugs

By Jim Schnabel

AlzRisk-VitaminDWhile most cases of dementia may be unavoidable, a great many may be prevented or delayed via simple changes in diet and other habits. In principle, the earlier in life a person starts making these changes, the better the preventive effect would be.

Swiss Neuroscientists Induce Spooky ‘Feeling of a Presence’ in Healthy Volunteers

by Jim Schnabel

The researchers expect that such investigations ultimately could offer insights into related neuroscientific issues such as the neural origins of hallucinated voices in schizophrenia and the delusional sense of being controlled by someone else.

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.

 

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.

Cerebrum

Appraising the Risks of Reefer Madness

January 7, 2015

by Sir Robin Murray, MD

 Cerebrum - article - August 2014

Studies that have tied cannabis use to schizophrenia in the developing brain are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to marijuana. Our author, a noted British psychiatrist, offers a European perspective on issues such as the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, dependence and cognitive impairment, and the implications of legalization.

Events and Deadlines

Brainwave

1/28/2015- 4/22/2015

The Rubin Museum, NYC

2015 David Mahoney Neuroimaging RFP

2/10/2015

AAAS Annual Meeting

2/12/2015- 2/16/2015

San Jose, CA

Meeting of the Minds: Dr. Jeffery Lieberman with Dr. Eric Kandel

3/10/2015

92nd Street Y, NYC

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You've Got Some Explaining To Do

You've Got Some Explaining To Do offers advice specifically for neuroscientists writing for non-scientists, including targeting your audience, organizing your thoughts, and avoiding jargon and negative wording. $2.99 in paperback; PDF version is free.

Featured Video

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.