Includes On the Web and In the News links curated by the authors, along with other audio/video content.
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In the News: Ramón Y Cajal’s Work Received by New Audience
Description: This news story on information and photographs of Ramón y Cajal’s drawings accompanies the In the News feature in this chapter.
Video 1: Glial Cell Disorders
Description: Glia out number neurons by a factor of ten and have largely been viewed as a passive glue, but we have now discovered disorders specific to glial cells.
Video 2: Neuron and Synapse Structures
Description: Leonard Nimoy narrates this NIH video on the structure and function of neurons.
Description: Video that discusses the three main types of neurons.
Video 4: A Light Switch for Neurons
Description: Neuroscientist Ed Boyden shows how inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins can let us control brains with light.
Description: This video discusses the synapse, synaptic cleft, release of neurotransmitter and its interaction with receptors, and the ways neurotransmitter is cleared from the synaptic cleft.
Video 6: How the Brain Generates Your Reality
Description: Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate your conscious experience.
Audio 1: Glial Cell Function
Description: This podcast interviews neuroscientist Dr. Dwight Bergles and covers the diverse functions of glial cells
Audio 2: Historical Drawings of Neurons
Description: Original drawings of neurons from Ramon y Cajal, arguably the first neuroscientist, are in a traveling art exhibition.
Description: Neuroscience for Kids(don’t be put off by the name!) has a review of the resting and action potentials and an animation of their electrical recording. A YouTube animation of the sodium-potassium pump is an instructive illustration of how the mechanism works.
On the Web 2: The Schwann Cell and Action Potential
Description:This is a visually appealing animation of myelination and how it speeds conduction.
On the Web 3: The Origin of the Brain
Description: The animated video describes how (and why) neurons and synapses evolved and ends with a demonstration of how simple circuits can “remember” and make “decisions.”
On the Web 4: The Symphony Inside Your Brain
Description:This describes the Human Connectome Project and features a rotating scan of the major pathways of one hemisphere.
Description: The site covers a wide variety of topics, including artificial neural networks (which learn how to perform a task, rather than being programmed to do it), robots, cognitive science, and related ethical and social issues.