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Briefing Papers

Briefing Papers and Primers take an in-depth look at basic and timely brain-related topics, like traumatic brain injury and obesity. 



The Foundation’s current area of research emphasis is in neuroscience. Selected proposals have the potential to improve human health or functioning. Grants also support improvement in K-12 education.

 Lessons and Activities

Science history, lessons, and activities, and news are covered at these sites.

Reports on Progress

Reviews by eminent neuroscientists of specific areas of research, including normal function, disease, and new technologies. 


News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education.


News and analysis on the implications of brain research.

Lending Library 

The Dana Alliance provides brain and neuron models, posters, and related educational materials to neuroscience departments to be used for educational outreach programming at local schools, community centers, museums, summer camps, etc.

Q&As with Neuroscientists 

Interviews with Dana-funded researchers.

Recent Articles 


Are Face-Blindness and Synesthesia Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Both perceptual conditions occur at higher rates in people with autism. Teasing out why could help explain how all our brains process such information.

Older, Slower—But Wiser?

Two new studies reinterpret classic signs of cognitive decline.

What Is the Language of the Brain?

Scientists are getting a better idea of the brain's wiring. But what is the message coming over these wires? What language does the brain use for its internal communication?

The Discovery and Potential of Nerve Growth Factor

At a recent memorial symposium for Italian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, colleagues recounted her discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) and explained its significance to potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors.

The Solitary Brain

While the use of solitary confinement in US prisons has grown in recent decades, so has research showing its lasting harmful effects.

Music Offers a Boost to Education in Low-SES Environments

High-schoolers who had only two years of music training got faster and did better at understanding speech in noise than peers who took a ROTC course instead. These skills are important for reading as well as understanding spoken language.


Beyond Sentencing: How Neuroscience Has Already Changed the Legal System

Defendants are “blaming the brain” not only to mitigate sentences after conviction, but in their defense, of crimes from homicide to fraud. At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Nita Farahany described the types of cases where neuro-evidence is already being used.


Breeding Schizophrenia in the Lab

Researchers have altered genes in mice to produce animals that show signs of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Can they do the same with the oh-so-human symptoms of schizophrenia?

Speaking in Tongues: Glossalalia and Stress Reduction

Recent neurobiological research has shown that glossolalia may be a more directed activity than previously believed, and may play a direct role in defusing stress reactions.

ADHD: 10 Years Later

Ten years ago a landmark study showed that the structure of the brains of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) differs from that of unaffected children. Since that study, enhancements in imaging have given researchers a better look at key hubs in the brain and how they network—advances that could prove useful in the control and treatment of ADHD in both children and adults.

Why Is Sleep So Important?

Many recent studies have demonstrated that sleep benefits all aspects of neural plasticity. Currently under investigation are the underlying cellular mechanisms, which should explain why these benefits can only be obtained when the brain is off-line. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Being Mindful about Novel Brain Research

We’ve heard a lot lately about brain-to-machine communication, and now there are first steps toward brain-to-brain communication. How do we prevent news of incremental  discoveries from transporting our imaginations way too far?