Brain Awareness Week!

cross section of the brain

Longitudinal section through the center of the brain. -Wikimedia Commons

Here at Luria Library we are kicking off Brain Awareness Week with all kinds of fun!

Wednesday we will be treated to another in a series of SBCC Reads 2013 events, a discussion we have titled: You and Your Neurons: Memory and the Neurons that Make It and How to Use Those Neurons! Join us to learn more, from Dr. Heather Rose on the neuroscience of memory and Matt Lorenzen on putting our memory to best use.

Monday afternoon, the library was the site of a Memory Competition hosted by the SBCC NeuroClub and the Psychology Club to see how well students could recall names, faces, historical dates, and cards from a deck of cards.

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Students recalling names and faces during our Memory Contest.

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How many cards could you recall at once?

All month, for SBCC Reads, the library has been focusing on Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer. In this book, Foer explains how he became intrigued by “memory competitions” and how he learned to utilize his memory to recall amazing numbers of objects.

moonwalking with einstein

The human brain is incredibly fascinating. Every day, scientists are discovering new ways the brain influences not only how we think, but how we feel and how we interact with the world around us. Neurons in the brain can not only communicate with each other inside of one individual, but respond to the actions of others: mirror neurons literally make us feel and “mirror” what another person is feeling, whether it’s a stubbed toe, a smile, or a reaction to tasting unpleasant food. The brain is very powerful on its own, but there are things you can do to make your brain stronger– and larger– from exercising to learning a new language.

The library catalog has a wide variety of brain or memory related titles, some of which are listed below:

The Brain
The Brain, by Kenneth Partridge

descartes error
Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and The Human Brain, by Antonio R. Damasio

Incognito: The Secret Lives of The Brain, by David Eagleman

can't remember what I forgot
Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from The Front Lines of Memory Research, by Sue Halpern

We just recently put up a display of brain-related books at the library, too!

brain awareness week library display

Check out the PsychArticles database to learn more about the brain and other scientific subjects. PsycArticles contains more than 153,000 full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and related organizations. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to the first issue.

Happy Brain Awareness Week!