News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

Helen Thomson’s Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

by Richard Restak, M.D.

Cerebrum | September 4, 2018

Unthinkable’s author, a British neuroscientist, tracked down nine people with rare brain disorders to tell their stories.

What Is Well?

by Moheb Costandi, M.Sc

The Dana Foundation | August 28, 2018

Are we using the right standards when judging whether a psychiatric intervention, such as deep brain stimulation, is working, asked neurologist Helen Mayberg during the EDAB Special Lecture on Neuroethics during the recent FENS Forum.

Digging into Sleep’s Effects

by Carl Sherman

The Dana Foundation | August 23, 2018

Researchers look at the molecular level for answers to why some people can resist the ills of sleep deprivation.

Remembering What We Learn

by Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger, III, Ph.D., and Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D.

Cerebrum | July 19, 2018

Our authors provide examples of retrieval practice and individual differences in long-term retention and explore quick and slow learners.

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Society for Neuroscience Launches New BrainFacts Book

by Ali Chunovic

Dana Foundation Blog | June 18, 2018

The Society for Neuroscience just released its eighth edition of Brain Facts, a primer on the brain and nervous system. It’s an excellent resource for educators or for anyone interested in learning more about the brain! You can download or order one hard copy for free.

Mom's Immune System Influences Baby’s Salience Network

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | June 13, 2018

One effect of an immune reaction during third trimester is greater connectivity in child’s network directing attention and focus at 14 months.

Wrestling With Our Digital World

by Carl Sherman

The Dana Foundation | June 5, 2018

Researchers explored benefits, dangers, and potential of our modern “device culture” at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

#WSF18: Harnessing the Power of Neuroplasticity

by Ann Whitman

Dana Foundation Blog | June 4, 2018

From the World Science Festival event on plasticity, we report on the brain’s ability to change (learn) throughout life.

Transforming Ourselves: NYAS Panel Examines Human Enhancement

by Carl Sherman

Dana Foundation Blog | May 29, 2018

The New York Academy of Sciences brought together a genetics researcher, a futurist and author, and experts on bioethics and artificial intelligence to explore the promise and perils of human enhancement.

Connecting the Dots: New Insights into Creativity and the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | April 24, 2018

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

Sapolsky on the Biology of Good and Evil

by Carl Sherman

Dana Foundation Blog | April 23, 2018

At last week’s Learning & the Brain conference, Robert Sapolsky delivered his keynote lecture on what shapes the brain and behavior around violence, punishment, reward, and empathy.

New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | March 7, 2018

Newborn neurons are plenty in tissue samples of infants, but fall away quickly in childhood, according to new UCSF study.

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