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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.
Brain Awareness Week Goes Virtual in 2021
Brain Awareness Week (BAW), for the 26th year, was a success! The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges this year, but despite the obstacles, partners organized events in 45 countries and 32 states.
Barbara E. Gill Announces Retirement
After a 29-year career at the Dana Foundation, Executive Vice President Barbara Gill has announced her retirement at the end of May. Barbara’s contributions to the Foundation and brain science have been immeasurable. She was instrumental in the formation of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives in the US and its s...
Bullying and the Brain
Bullying—mistreating and dominating others—is harmful in the moment and possibly throughout the rest of a person’s life. Get the basics. Here are the basics.
Space Between the Ears
Our author, former chief scientists for the NASA Human Research Program and a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, lays out how spaceflight relates to brain function, cognitive performance, and mental abilities
Mark Shelhamer’s Top Ten Spaceflight Favs
We asked Mark Shelhamer, former chief scientist for the NASA Human Research Program and author of our Spring issue's article on the brain effects of space travel, for some of his favorite media on the topic.
Eye of the Needle
A retired patient visits our author, who is professor of ophthalmology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, for help with his failing vision and learns why but a single treatment option exists for macular degeneration, a condition that affects 200 million people worldwide.
Losing Face
Experts weigh in on the impact mask-wearing may have on children's education, mental health, and brain development
The Brain and Covid: Strides and Speculations
One year on, science has discovered much about the effects on the brain, but there is still much to learn
Between Thought and Expression
Greg Dunn was on his way to a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania when he realized that bringing the brain’s beauty to life was a more suitable role for him than lab work.
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