Touched in the head

Touch is just one of Aristotle’s original “five senses,” but it involves much more than gentle pressure perceived when holding an apple, or tapping a screen.  Our “somatosensation” (sensation from the body) encompasses many specific impressions  –  heat, cold, hair deflection, poke  –  each dependent on a specific neuronal “micro-machine.”  It is also utterly…

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Psychopathy & brains

What is a psychopath?  What drives a Ted Bundy, or a Diane Downs, to be so cold blooded  –  and to lie, manipulate, and commit horrific crimes without experiencing remorse?  Do the brains of psychopaths differ?  Can we identify changes in specific brain regions that might predict or diagnose this condition?  How should efforts to understand the biological basis…

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Dopamine in Davenport!

What better way to spend Brain Awareness Week than by hitting the open road!  We loaded up our cars with Noggin volunteers, pipe cleaners, dissection trays and extra human brains for a dramatic, stormy 700 mile roundtrip Pacific Northwest journey between Portland/Vancouver and Davenport, Washington..! “Brains in the trunk!”  Exploring unfamiliar…

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A BioGift of Brains

We love growing our Noggin networks  –  they let us offer student volunteers from multiple institutions extraordinary opportunities they might never get if they always sat in separate university classrooms and didn’t directly engage with all the remarkable people and organizations in their own communities! During a rainy start to Brain Awareness Week we…

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Noggin Printing @ P:ear

We spent our last “Noggin Tuesday” (for this month anyway   –  we plan to return!) enjoying substantive, absorbing and engaging conversations with the exceptional young people at P:ear, an innovative program that builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation… DO MORE:  Donate to P:ear While…

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NW Noggin: Interview with the Dana Foundation!

NW Noggin is honored to be a Brain Awareness Week partner of the Dana Foundation, a leading philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.  We share their enthusiasm for active outreach, and their commitment to educating the public about the potential of research… LEARN MORE:  The Dana Foundation LEARN MORE:  Brain Awareness Week…

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Gardening Glia @ Gardner

We brought a crowd of eager volunteers  –  along with art supplies, including plants, grasses and vibrant mosses from local gardens  –  to the STEAM-focused Gardner School of Arts and Sciences, in a bucolic neighborhood of Salmon Creek, Washington… LEARN MORE:  From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand Sulema Rodriguez and…

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