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.
Science history, lessons, and activities, and news are covered at these sites.
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.
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.
Interviews with Dana-funded researchers.
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.
The man behind the discovery of the behavioral effect of a neurochemical in the brain called oxytocin wondered if the molecule might motivate people to engage in cooperative behaviors. In a series of tests using videos, his lab discovered that compelling narratives cause oxytocin release and have the power to affect our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
who get migraines could soon have some new therapeutic options, but a deep
understanding of the disorder continues to elude researchers.
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.
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.
While 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.
The researchers expect that such investigations
ultimately could offer insights into related neuroscientific issues such as the
neural origins of hallucinated voices in schizophrenia and the delusional sense
of being controlled by someone else.
our understanding of the microbiome grows, we see a new opportunity for new
questions and new understanding of brain disorders ranging from autism and
depression,” says one researcher at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual
meeting. Others agree.
use new techniques and drugs to see if inflammation is a cause or an effect of
on diet, exercise, and using gene-spliced mice lead scientists to suspect that
brain mechanisms may contribute up to half the control we have over glucose.
A panel at the recent Aspen Brain Forum discussed how certain social and psychological aspects of environment influence biology and behavior.
Speakers on an Aspen Brain Forum panel about nutrition
focused on iron deficiency—the most common single nutrient deficiency in the
world—and its effects on neurodevelopment.
From the frontlines of spinal cord research, Wise Young and Patricia Morton lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research.
Do you misplace your keys regularly? Forget appointments? Have trouble remembering names? No worries. A host
of companies promise to “train” your brain with games designed to stave
off mental decline. Regardless of their effectiveness, their advertising
has convinced tens of thousands of people to open their wallets. As our
authors review the research on cognitive-training products, they expose
the science surrounding the benefits of brain games as sketchy at best.
Researchers are teasing out brain areas and networks that respond to threats, real and imagined.
Studies suggest amyloid accumulates for 3
decades or more before dementia symptoms show.
Dana 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.
Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? Social neuroscience models have assumed that people simply rely on their own emotions as a reference for empathy, but recent studies suggest neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy. A better understanding of these processes, says the author, could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society.
Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom
Craig Stark, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Craig Stark, Ph.D.
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Most drug development for depression has focused on undoing the bad effects of stress, but new research suggests that finding ways to induce resilience could lead to new treatments. One of our series of briefing papers.
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?