The last months have been an occasion for me to go around the web and I found some great resources for people interested in learning about neuroscience.
One of the sites that has attracted my attention is Knowing neurons. I asked one of the founding members and editors, Kate Jones, to describe her goals with the site:
Knowing Neurons began when a group of my classmates were discussing our coursework and future goals. We were beginning our second year in the neuroscience PhD program and had completed the majority of our course work. We noticed that we were learning a lot of the nitty-gritties of neuroscience, but were not really learning how to talk to our parents or non-science friends about what we are actually doing in our labs or any other aspect of neuroscience!
The field of neuroscience is huge and multidisciplinary, so we quickly realized that we couldn’t just throw around buzzwords like “optogenetics” or “SNARE complex” without describing it. Instead of simply defining it, we often have featured articles and infographics in our “did you know?” section that describe such terms in more detail, almost like a mini lesson. Our articles feature our own artwork and images, which we feel are key to aiding the understanding of difficult neuroscience topics.
In fact they have some pretty informative graphics, this one on autism for instance by Jooyeun Lee. Knowing neurons is an awesome resource with in-depth information on brain diseases and basic neuroscience. You can just browse their various section and you will find something interesting, guaranteed!
This week BrainFacts.org has posted an amazing photo of the mushroom bodies of flies, a part of the brain of these animals. Have a look!. There is some very nice-looking microscopic images of neural networks in the Neuroanatomy section. Definitely worth a look!
Finally, at Scientific American, there is a very interesting article by Scott Barry Kaufman on intelligence, inspiration and how the school system evaluates students.