by Karen Nichols
At last month's OLC Innovate Conference here in New Orleans, I attended many interesting sessions. I found the one on Brainfacts.org particularly useful and would like to share it with you.
The Brainfacts site is the brainchild of the Society for Neuroscience. According to the presenter, Alissa Ortman, the original intent was to publish correct information in easy to understand language and dispel myths about their field. The site, which now has numerous partners and contributors, is a safe, reliable resource for you to recommend to your students. The contributors are all vetted and the information is presented using a variety of tools and platforms and written at about a tenth-grade level. You can also sign up for their blog, or follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Information for Educators, the Press and Policymakers may be accessed from the top right of the homepage. The information has been curated into 6 categories in a dropdown format which can be accessed from several different webpages. They are: About Neuroscience, Brain Basics, Sensing, Thinking & Behaving, Diseases & Disorders, Across the Lifespan, and In Society.
Here are a few links to give you a sample of the information and formats:
Video: Why Does Food Make Your Mouth Water?
Podcast: Patient HM and His Missing Memories
Blog: Zika: 10 Things to Know
I'm following Brainfacts.org on both Facebook and Twitter and I hope you'll find the information interesting and useful too.