BAW Across the Continents 2014: North America

Today is the fifth day of Brain Awareness Week, and we journey over the Panama Canal into North America where Canada, Mexico and the United States are celebrating Brain Awareness Week.

Brainwaves BAW event in New York City, BAW 2013

[Brainwaves BAW event in New York City, BAW 2013]

With hundreds of events planned in 45 different states, it is hard to choose events in the United States to highlight, so this year let’s take a look at some of the more unusual ones. Two events in New York City catch the eye: In a Brooklyn gallery the Brainwave Music Project will be transforming human brain activity into song in a live music experiment. And at the world famous Gleason’s Gym, people involved with a boxing-based program for people with Parkinson’s will talk about how quality of life has improved through the initiative. Elsewhere, biology faculty and students at a university in Pennsylvania will face off in a neuroscience jeopardy-style competition. And across the nation the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation will host a free teleseminar on the power of medical yoga.

In Mexico, a number of partners will use film and theater to show schoolchildren aspects of neuroscience. High school students in Mexico City will view a presentation featuring film clips, articles, lectures, and song to describe the mechanisms of the brain that can lead to love, drug abuse, and music. And at two different universities students will use theater to explain neurological processes.

Undergraduate students in Mexico host BAW activities for children, BAW 2013

[Undergraduate students in Mexico host BAW activities for children, BAW 2013]

In Canada, events will include everything from brain walks and brain games to Brain Awareness Week for kindergarten students. There is no such thing as too young to start learning about your brain, and with that in mind, our partners in Montreal will introduce 4- to 6-year-olds to brain basics.

See you tomorrow for the final post in the series. We will be going back across the Atlantic to check out Brain Awareness Week in Europe. A lot of events are coming up this weekend, as well: Check the Brain Awareness Week Calendar to see which appeal to you.

–Simon Fischweicher

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