The Society for Neuroscience offers a selection of free content on its website, and among the offerings, Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System is mighty useful. It’s a 74-page introduction to a variety of brain topics, designed for teachers for use in classrooms and for lay people who want to get a handle on their noggins. You can download it for free right here.
Here’s a rundown of the contents with links to each section:
The Neuron: Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators | Second Messengers
Brain Development: Birth of Neurons and Brain Wiring | Paring Back | Critical Periods
Sensation and Perception: Vision | Hearing | Taste and Smell | Touch and Pain
Learning, Memory, and Language: Learning and Memory | Language
Sleep: Brain Activity During Sleep | Sleep Disorders | How is Sleep Regulated?
Stress: The Immediate Response | Chronic Stress
Aging: Aging Neuons | Intellectual Capacity
Neural Disorders: Advances and Challenges: Addiction | Alzheimer’s Disease | Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis | Anxiety Disorders | Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder | Autism | Bipolar Disorder | Brain Tumors | Down Syndrome | Dyslexia | Huntington’s Disease | Major Depression | Multiple Sclerosis | Neurological AIDS | Neurological Trauma | Pain | Parkinson’s Disease | Schizophrenia | Seizures and Epilepsy | Stroke | Tourette Syndrome
New Diagnostic Methods: Imaging Techniques | Gene Diagnosis
Potential Therapies: New Drugs | Trophic Factors | Engineered Antibodies | Small Molecules and RNAs | Cell and Gene Therapy
You can also download a free 10-page publication called Neuroscience Core Concepts right here.
By the way, March 16-22, if you didn’t already know, is Brain Awareness Week. Check out the Society for Neuroscience website for more information.