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    Find some fun for Brain Awareness Week, March 16-22

    Brain Awareness Week is almost here! Check the BAW calendar for events near you.

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    Q&A with Paul J. Zak, PhD

    How does a link between narrative and oxytocin release have the power to shape our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors? That's one of the topics of this month’s Cerebrum article, "Why Inspiring Stories Make Us React: The Neuroscience of Narrative.” We ask some questions of its author, Paul J. Zak, PhD.  

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    Manhattan Student Triumphant in NYC Regional Brain Bee

    Mary Zhuo Ke was one of the forty-eight students from thirty-one high schools representing Long Island, Westchester County, and the five boroughs of New York City who gathered to compete in the Brain Bee. The annual contest gives high school students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge of neuroscience in hopes of taking home the grand prize of $500 and a trip to the National competition in March.

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    From One Man’s Vision to a Global Campaign: Celebrating 20 years of Brain Awareness Week

    Growing enthusiasm from the science community and the public has seen Brain Awareness Week expand across five continents. We look back on the campaign’s evolution. Find a BAW event near you .

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    Helping Hand for Scientists Writing for the Rest of Us

     You've Got Some Explaining to Do offers advice to neuroscientists writing for non-scientists, including targeting your audience, organizing your thoughts, and avoiding jargon and negative wording. $2.99 in paperback; PDF version is free. Paperback available now at Amazon.

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Madness and Memory

    Prions, which are infectious proteins that cause neural degeneration, are responsible for ravaging the brains of animals suffering from scrapie and mad cow disease, and of humans with a variant of mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Author and prion researcher Stanley Prusiner tells the story of how he and others identified prions and convinced others that they did, indeed, exist.

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Top Stories

Unraveling the Complexity of Schizophrenia Genetics

by Rebecca Birnbaum, MD, and Daniel R. Weinberger, MD

Our understanding of the biological mechanisms of schizophrenia risk has steadily evolved over the past few decades, attributable largely to advances in human genetics and to genomic technologies. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

The Enduring Mystery of Migraine

by Jim Schnabel

People who get migraines could soon have some new therapeutic options, but a deep understanding of the disorder continues to elude researchers.

Early Life Experience, Critical Periods, and Brain Development

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers describe links between the presence of a caregiver, the absence of severe prenatal stress, and changes in brain structure and function in childhood and adolescence.

A Neuroscience Giant

by Guy McKhann, MD

Guy_McKhann_thmbA tribute to a legend in the neuroscience field, the recently departed Vernon Mountcastle. From our free print publication, Brain in the News.



When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education

by Kayt Sukel

A recent survey suggests 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. One of our series of briefing papers. 

How to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Without Taking Drugs

By Jim Schnabel

AlzRisk-VitaminDWhile most cases of dementia may be unavoidable, a great many may be prevented or delayed via simple changes in diet and other habits. In principle, the earlier in life a person starts making these changes, the better the preventive effect would be.

Probing Synaptic Pruning

by Brenda Patoine

Beth StevensDana grantee Beth Stevens, Ph.D., discusses the unexpected roles immune cells play in normal brain development and disease. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.



Vernon Remembered

March 2, 2015

by Mahlon R. DeLong, MD, and Guy McKhann, MD

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Remembrances from two colleagues influenced by Vernon B. Mountcastle, M.D., often referred to as “the father of neuroscience.”

Events and Deadlines


1/28/2015- 4/22/2015

The Rubin Museum, NYC

2015 David Mahoney Neuroimaging RFP

2/10/2015- 4/7/2015

2015 Cambridge Science Festival

3/9/2015- 3/22/2015

Cambridge, UK

International Convention of Psychological Science

3/12/2015- 3/14/2015

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Q&A: Answering Your Questions about Brain Research

Q&A: Answering Your Questions about Brain Research provides answers to commonly asked questions about the brain and its disorders. Topics include learning and memory, the senses, genetics, brain injury, mental illness, neuro-imaging, and more.

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2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22). Learn about the campaign and how to get involved!