When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education
Two reports suggest 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.
Advocating for Brain Science
Neuroscientist Haung (Ho) Yu, Ph.D., emphasizes the importance of meeting with local representatives and policymakers to talk about the value of brain research and its impact on society. Using his own advocacy for Alzheimer's research as an example, Yu walks us through the steps of having an effective meeting, from how to set up an office visit to highlighting key points that politicians can then review with their staffers.
Connecting Undergrads Through Outreach
Graduate student Samantha White talks about how she used her passion for neuroscience to co-establish the BRAIN-AU (Being Really Awesome in Neuroscience) club at American University. Since its founding in 2017, the club has made great strides in offering neuroscience resources to students on campus and encouraging their involvement in the university's program—and the overall neuroscience field.
Communicating Your Science Story
Neuroscientist Paula Croxson, Ph.D., discusses the successful use of storytelling to capture the public’s interest in brain science. Croxson is the senior manager for education programs at Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute and a senior producer for The Story Collider, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing true, personal stories about science through live performances.