“What makes us human?” asks Barbara Culliton in the Foreword of the new Cerebrum: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science 2014, an anthology of the articles and book reviews featured each month during 2014 on the web. As the editor of Cerebrum, the online journal published by the Dana Foundation, I’m confident in saying that this year’s stories strive to answer that question from a neuroscience perspective.
The book’s twelve articles and five book reviews cover the science behind the much-hyped cognitive training and brain games industry; the latest in brain-machine interfaces, the role that socioeconomic status plays in brain development, and individual sex differences in the human brain. From understanding induced pluripotent stem cells to the causes and effects of spatial awareness, the latter written by last year’s Nobel prize winners Edvard and May-Britt Moser, the goal of Cerebrum is to take complex research and explain the importance in simple and understandable language.
Cerebrum also features prominent neuroscientists (including Temple Grandin) examining the scientific viability of books such as The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, and The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.
I’m honored that scientists—some who direct research laboratories making groundbreaking discoveries—are willing to present their research and views on matters that capture the harmony as well as the discord in the complex and evolving relationship between neuroscience and society. Selecting topics to cover from a seemingly limitless list is never easy; a seven-person advisory board of neuroscientists from the U.S. and abroad reviews studies and suggests articles and authors.
Besides the advantage of offering readers all of our content in a single setting, the anthology also offers an insightful foreword by Barbara Culliton, a consultant who is a former news editor of Science, deputy editor of Nature, and co-winner of the George Polk Award in Journalism.
The cover—a captivating illustration by William Hogan—is his vision of neuroscience exploration.
The softcover book is now available on Amazon.