• Educators

Primers

Primers take an in-depth look at basic principles of neuroscience.

 

Lessons and Activities

Science history, lessons, and activities, and news are covered at these sites.

Reports on Progress

Reviews by eminent neuroscientists of specific areas of research, including normal function, disease, and new technologies. 

Neuroeducation 

News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education.

Neuroethics 

News and analysis on the implications of brain research.

Lending Library 

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.


Recent Articles

A Study of Motivation

It’s difficult to know what motivates people, but R. Alison Adcock’s lab is using imaging to study how states like desire and curiosity can facilitate “motivated memory.” Her work could have implications in the education field, but also in other learning contexts like psychotherapy and behavior change. 


Feeling Our Way: The Challenge of Studying Emotion and the Brain

While scientists are learning how important emotional input is to nearly every aspect of cognition, behavior, and disease, understanding how that works is a tangled puzzle.


Review: The Teenage Brain

The unpredictable and sometimes incomprehensible moods and behaviors of a teenager can be a head-scratching mystery—especially to parents. Frances E. Jensen, M.D., professor and chair of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and the mother of two sons who are now in their twenties (along with Washington Post health and science reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt) look at the emerging science of the adolescent brain and provide advice based on Jensen’s own research and experience as a single mother.

 


Beyond Optogenetics: Controlling Neurons with Ultrasound

“Sonogenetics” could be a powerful new neuroscientific tool.


Holiday Blues: Getting the Facts, Forgetting the Myth

 Statistics refute a common myth that suicides increase during the winter holidays, but that doesn’t mean that holiday depression or sadness isn’t real for some people. Experts weigh in on what factors may contribute to these “holiday blues” and offer ways to cope with stress.

 


The Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure

Researchers find clues to why teens binge and which brain areas may be most susceptible to danger during this sensitive period.