This month’s Web sites contain information on mirror neurons, migraines and other mysterious workings of the mind. These sites were active as of December 3, 2007.
- Watch a 14-minute video from television show NOVA on the workings and significance of mirror neurons at www.pbs.org/wgbh/ nova/sciencenow/3204/01.html. Some scientists speculate that these neurons, discussed in “I Feel Your Pain” on page 4, are the source of human language and empathy.
- Researchers and well-known pop scientists lend their brand of brain philosophizing to the “How the Mind Works” talks at the annual TED conference, videos of which are available at www.ted.com/index.php/themes/view/id/4. Among the selections: Vilayanur Ramachandran speaks on mirror neurons, Steven Pinker looks and language and violence, and Dan Dennett shares his thoughts on consciousness.
- At the home of the American Headache Society, located at www.achenet.org, find migraine prevention and treatment information, as well as a special section for parents discussing migraine variants in children (scroll over “Information for Patients” on the left side of the site). “Migraine Brains ‘Are Different’ ” reports on a study linking the chronic headaches to cortex thickness.