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Primers

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

 

Lessons 

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

Dana Publications 

Many of our free publications can be downloaded as PDFs and printed by you. Others you can order and we'll mail them to you.

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.

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

Understanding Human Decision-Making: Neuroeconomics

In the past few decades, neuroscientists have made strides towards understanding where in the brain subjective value is represented and steps towards understanding how it is constructed.


Primary Visual Cortex Changes Throughout Life

The idea of critical periods in brain development was born from classic research on the visual cortex. Now scientists have found that proteins governing synapses in the visual system change at various stages of our lives, not just in our earliest years.


The Brain’s Emotional Development

(Listen to Q&A with Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.)
New research is helping scientists learn about areas that are crucial to the brain's emotional development, and how our surroundings fit into the picture. The findings could have far-reaching implications for both parents and policy-makers.


Smart Drugs in Health and Disease

Drugs that enhance cognition might benefit people who have cognitive troubles due to depression or schizophrenia, said researcher Barbara Sahakian in a recent lecture at University College London. While there are suggestions that modafinil could improve cognitive performance in high-risk sleep-deprived people, it is less clear whether any benefit would outweigh risks and side effects for people in the normal course of life.


Informing Education with Neuroscience

Teachers want to take advantage of what we’ve learned about the brain and learning, but don’t always know how to tell what is solid science. Researchers at BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience described studies in classrooms themselves that show promise.


When is the Brain “Mature”?

Though most people in the US consider 18 to be the age maturity is reached, developmental neuroscientists say there isn’t a one size fits all age, nor a one size fits all method to measure it. In our new briefing paper, we explore how new scientific findings regarding the brain, adolescence, and neurodevelopment are informing law and policy across the country.


Searching for Effective Interventions in Dyslexia

Experimental trials of methods of sound discrimination and visual discrimination suggest new methods to try to help children read.