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The Blood-Brain Barrier

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Identifying new ways to bypass the brain’s elaborate security system may one day lead to better outcomes for patients with brain tumors or other neurological disorders.

Image of the Week: Regenerating Lost Hearing

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Fish, frogs, and birds are able to recover from damage to cells in the inner ear that cause permanent hearing loss in people. What makes them different?

Brain Scans: Technologies That Peer Inside Your Head

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Advances in chemistry, physics, and computer science have revolutionized neuroscience by giving scientists greater access to the living brain.

Addiction: Can the Brain Control Our Uncontrollable Urges?

Source: The Kavli Foundation
Three neuroscientists discuss how addiction is a disease of the brain, as well as prospects for improved pharmacological treatments.


Source: Society for Neuroscience

Get ideas for new Brain Awareness activities and learn best practices for planning and running successful events in this webinar for BAW first-timers and dedicated supporters. 

A Mind About Touch

Source: Society for Neuroscience
When a fly lands on your arm, how does your brain respond? Learn how touch travels through your brain with this video. 

Neuroglia and the Brain

Source: Society for Neuroscience

You have probably heard about neurons, but what about neuroglia? Discover the important role that neuroglia play in the brain with this video. 

What do you think about when you think about brains?

Source: Society for Neuroscience

What is the brain and what does it do? From ancient Egypt to modern day, explore how people in different cultures and time periods have thought about the brain and how it functions.

Sketch of a Memory

Source: Society for Neuroscience

A song can remind you of an event that happened many years ago. Learn about the processes of memory and watch as a woman remembers her first date.

Marijuana Blows Your Mind

Source: Society for Neuroscience
How does marijuana affect the brain? Travel to Amsterdam with this video and learn how THC affects brain function, impacting both short-term memory and motor control.

Population Coding: Mind Reading and More!

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Is it possible to read minds using science? Discover how scientists use a process called population coding to “read” minds - and move bionic limbs! 

The Universe Inside Your Head

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Though the human brain is only about the size of two fists, it contains roughly 100 billion neurons! Learn more about your amazing brain and the different ways that neuroscientists study it. 

Congenital Anosmia

Source: Society for Neuroscience

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the sense of smell? Learn more about a rare condition called congenital anosmia and how the brain processes smell.

Forget Me Not

Source: Society for Neuroscience

Many people have a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Hear a young girl’s story of her grandfather’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and learn more about this disease. 


Source: Society for Neuroscience

Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition. 

Image of the Week: The Brain in Motion

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Take a look inside the bustling mouse brain in this video.

Understanding Animal Research

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Neuroscientist Liz Burnett explains how animal models help scientists understand the healthy body and what goes wrong during disease.

Male Vulnerability to Maternal Stress Linked to Placental Enzyme

Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Why are rates of schizophrenia and autism higher in males? NIMH grantee Tracy Bale, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, discussed her line of research into how maternal stress might differentially affect the developing male brain during an interview at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Five Mental Disorders Share Some of the Same Genes

Source: National Institute of Mental Health
NIH-funded researchers discovered that people with disorders traditionally thought to be distinct -- autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia -- were more likely to have suspect genetic variation at the same four chromosomal sites. Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., director of NIMH’s Division of Adult Translational Research, explains the significance of the study findings for diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

Michelle Freund, NIMH Project Officer, on the significance of CLARITY

Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Project officer Michelle Freund, Ph.D., of the NIMH Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science, explains the significance of CLARITY, a breakthrough method for analyzing the brain.