SfN Launches New Brain Facts Book


Credit: Society for Neuroscience

Interested in learning more about how your brain works? Whether you’re looking for information about psychiatric disorders, the developing brain, addiction, or other brain topics, the Brain Facts book by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has got you covered. Produced in partnership with The Kavli Foundation and the Gatsby Foundation, Brain Facts gives an overview of the brain and nervous system, covering a variety of important topics in understandable language. Recently, SfN launched the eighth edition of the book, which was scientifically reviewed by nine members of the Dana Alliance, among others, to make sure the information is as credible and up-to-date as possible.

What’s different about this edition? Besides a new look and hot-from-the-lab science, the book includes some new features. Sections are now sorted into eight “Core Concepts,” such as “How Neurons Communicate” and “The Source of Curiosity.” Each concept is represented with a symbol that can be found at the beginning of related sections, which helps readers connect new information back to broader concepts in neuroscience. In addition, there are 30 new photos, 80 new glossary terms, and two new chapters, on the teenage brain and thinking and decision-making.


Two examples of the eight Core Concepts and their symbols featured in the new book.

The book serves as a companion publication to BrainFacts.org, an interactive website designed to give beginners a better understanding of the brain. On the site, the Core Concepts are explained with short videos, an interactive activity, and a related reading; a 3-D brain model lets visitors examine the brain up-close; and articles from SfN and outside sources cover important topics in neuroscience, such as aging and language. There are even materials for educators who want to cover neuroscience in their classrooms! (For more information, see our blog post on the launch of the recently redesigned BrainFacts.org.)

Both the book and website are great resource for Brain Bee participants, high school students, teachers, or anyone who wants a basic introduction to the world of neuroscience. For even more introductory information about the brain, don’t forget to check out the fact sheets on dana.org!

– Ali Chunovic

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