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Jun 01, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 11)

Society for Neuroscience NERVE

URL:www.ndgo.net/sfn/nerve
  • A variety of resources
  • Some themes don’t have much content
Thinking about the brain for extended periods of time can, well, make your brain hurt. Fortunately, the Neuroscience Education Resources Virtual Encycloportal is there for people who didn’t think they had the NERVE to explore the field of neuroscience. If one can excuse the contrived acronym, the site is really quite useful. It is the brainchild of the Society for Neuroscience, and though it is marketed for K–12 educators and students, many of the resources are excellent for college classrooms and beyond. Certainly if one is interested in getting one’s toes wet in neuroscience, this is a great place to begin. Content is organized by themes, including “Brain Basics,” “Addiction, Drugs and the Brain,” and “Nervous System Injuries.” The content is varied, ranging from videos, to links, to briefings from the society. Some themes are a bit bare, but there is a “suggest a resource” option for anybody out there looking to contribute.
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