News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

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.

Seeking Clues to Criminality in the Brain

by Carl Sherman

The Dana Foundation | February 22, 2018

With improved imaging and using new maps of the connections in the brain, researchers find anatomical suggestions that a particular circuit is altered in some people who commit crimes.

Aging and Decision-Making: A Neuroanatomical Approach

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | January 9, 2018

Diminished decision-making appears to be linked not just to a number (your age) but to specific changes in gray matter volume in certain brain areas.

New K-5 Lesson Plans Now Available

by Amanda Bastone

Dana Foundation Blog | December 8, 2017

New free lesson plans about the brain are now available for teachers and students! Each lesson plan has an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and an interactive activity that allows students to get hands-on with how the brain works. The lesson plans also include student objectives and background information, and are paired with relevant Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives fact sheets (for 3rd to 5th grade students).

Paula Croxson Receives SfN 2017 Science Educator Award

by Nicky Penttila

Dana Foundation Blog | November 14, 2017

Each year, the Society for Neuroscience recognizes outstanding neuroscientists who have strongly added to public education and awareness about the field. The Dana Foundation sponsors these awards. This year’s award was presented to Paula Croxson, D.Phil., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, during the society’s annual meeting, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

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