The Studio showcases the latest in health-related research occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The featured theme and content in The Studio change every six months, giving you an opportunity to learn about new advances in health research and the methods, challenges and opportunities associated with scientific innovation.
In The Studio, you can hear visiting scientists discuss their research efforts in the health sciences and learn about the cutting-edge science that is advancing understanding about health and wellness. You also have the opportunity to explore health-related careers.
The Studio features daily hands-on activities led by Pacific Science Center staff on select topics in the health sciences. On the first Saturday of most months, you can talk with local scientists at Scientist Spotlight. These programs are included in the price of general admission--FREE for Pacific Science Center members.
Within the Wellbody Academy, the Studio will continue to explore new topics every six months. Up next: tracking and preventing infectious diseases, opening in December 2013. Stay tuned for the latest information about the ever-changing Studio.
We work with local scientists to create exciting exhibit and programs that focus on current health science research. If you are a scientist or researcher in the Seattle area looking to get involved, we invite you to learn more about this excellent program.
For more information please contact Beth Gibson, Media & Content Coordinator for Portal to the Public, email@example.com or (206) 443-3357.
Current Exhibit - Minds and Machines
Spurred by new understanding of how the brain works, local science labs are learning how to use brain signals to compensate for injury or lost function. In Minds and Machines, you'll meet several of these scientists and learn what's at the cutting edge of neuroscience research. Visit The Studio within Wellbody Academy to use your brain waves to compete against another player in Mindball, check out neuroscience-related jobs on the Career Machine and see a real human brain.
Would you like to further explore the field of neuroscience? Below is a list of some of the best neuroscience-related resources we found on the Web. From podcasts to brain maps, take a look and learn more about how your brain works.
Podcasts - Radiolab
"Who am I?"
The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like "How does the brain make me?"
We stare into the mirror with Dr. Julian Keenan, reflect on the illusion of selfhood with British neurologist Paul Broks, and contemplate the evolution of consciousness with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran. Also: the story of woman who one day woke up as a completely different person.
"Where am I?"
How does your brain keep track of your body? This podcast examines the bond between brain and body, and looks at what happens when it breaks. First, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks tries to find himself using magnets. Then, a century-old mystery: why do many amputees still feel their missing limbs? Radiolab speaks with a neuroscientist who solved the problem with an optical illusion. Up next, the story of a butcher who suddenly lost his entire sense of touch. And then hear from pilots who lose consciousness and suffer out-of-body experiences while flying fighter jets.
"Listening to a Locust Brain"
The Insect Vision Laboratory at Newcastle University is run by Claire Rind and Peter Simmons. In late October, 2011 Christmas Lecturer Prof. Bruce Hood paid them a visit to try out a dramatic demonstration: a tiny electrode inserted into the insect's thorax picks up the firing of a key neuron from the visual system. An amplifier then renders the signal audible. The result? You can literally 'listen in' to the locust's brain activity.
Meet Rylee on her visit to the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis as she learns about body electricity. Rylee has a myoelectric prosthetic arm that functions with electrodes, which sense electrical signals in her muscles.
NOVA ScienceNow, "How Does the Brain Work?"
This episode of NOVA scienceNOW examines magic and the brain, artificial intelligence, magnetic mind control, and the work of neuroscientist and synesthesia researcher David Eagleman. The program asks: can we really believe our own eyes, will machines one day think like us, can magnetic wands effectively control brain functions and treat depression? Explore this and more.
Allan Jones: A Map of the Brain
In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it is all connected. Allan Jones is the CEO of the Allen Institute for Brian Science.
Combining brain games with Alice and Wonderland, these interactive games are mind games that challenge your problem solving skills.
Wellcome Collection, Interactive Game, Axon
In this fast-paced game, you must click on protein targets to grow your neuron, connecting new brain regions. Climb through the tissue, outcompeting rival neurons to form the longest connection you can.
General Neuroscience Information
Mapping the Brain, NOVA and PBS
Explore the different areas of the brain through this interactive brain map. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/assets/swf/1/mapping-the-brain/mapping-the-brain.html
Brain Facts, Sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience
This site contains more in-depth information about neuroscience, brain basics, sensing, thinking and behaving, diseases and disorders and brain changes across the lifespan. It also contains a "Discoveries" section that links to news and updates in the field of Neuroscience.
Nicolelis, M. Beyond boundaries: The new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines–and how it will change our lives. New York: Times Books, 2011.
Rao, R. P. N. Brain-Computer Interfacing: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013.
Wolpaw J, Wolpaw EW. (eds.) Brain-Computer Interfaces: Principles and Practice. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Here are some fun neuroscience-brain-related books:
Eagleman, David. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Pantheon, 2011.
Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales. Summit Books, 1985.
Chudler, Eric. The Little Book of Neuroscience Haiku. W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2013.
This project is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health and a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.