November 15, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 20)
Strong Points: Great site organization, lots of content and free resources
Weak Points: None
Now here is a website that will get your neurons firing in a hurry! BrainFacts.org, a joint initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, is teeming with information about neuroscience. With an emphasis on delivering information to the general public and educators, the website offers a number of free teacher resources, recent neuroscience news articles, and even a downloadable companion book to the site. Content is divided into six major categories (represented by tabs at the top of the page): About Neuroscience, Brain Basics, Sensing/Thinking/Behaving, Diseases and Disorders, Across the Lifespan, and In Society. In addition, site visitors can choose to browse the website by its multimedia library, news collection, blog, or “neuromyths” section. The neuromyths section is particularly fun, as it seeks to set people straight on some common misconceptions about the brain (such as “drinking alcoholic drinks always kills brain cells”). I’ll drink to that!