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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Byrom Brains!

NW Noggin visited Edward Byrom Elementary School out in Tualatin this week. We came with an enthusiastic group of volunteer educators, including Sulema Rodriguez, Jessica Patching-Bunch, Aliese Poole, and Andrea Anaya from Psychology at Portland State University, and Kim Engeln, Christina Williams and Dr. Dale Fortin from Neuroscience at WSU…

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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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