MCW Neuroscience Research Center Resources & Links

Our goals are to provide interested browsers with information about the brain and nervous system; neuroscience research that is currently being conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin; and to point you to resources that we have found to be interesting, or maybe just fun!

 Resource Centers

MCW Library locations:

Clinical resources:

 Web Sites

About Traumatic Brain Injury - brainline.org
Basic information about Traumatic Brain injury, including links to articles and videos. Information about traumatic brain injury sorted by topic. All TBI Topics

Alzheimer's Disease - Alzheimer's Association
Topics include: Facts and Figures, Stages, Younger/Early Onset, Dementia, 10 signs, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Myths and much more.

BrainFacts.org
A public information resource for the neuroscience community to explain what neuroscientists do, share the excitement of scientific discovery, and tout the impact for individuals, families, and societies.

Brain Function, Anatomy & Diagram
Interactive brain map.

Brain Tour - Alzheimer's Association
Image heavy powerpoint presentation that covers both brain basics and Alzheimer's effect on the brain.

The Ear - Neuroscience for Kids
Information about hearing, hearing loss and balance as well as links to interactive demonstrations and activities.

FMRIB Centre - Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Introduction to FMRI (background, maps, uses, etc.)

How Vision Works - Brain Connection
Explains how we see and the connection between vision and the brain.

Learning and Memory - The Dana Guide
Including information about the modes, stages and anatomy of memory and learning.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Separated by illness - provides information on symptoms, theories, treatments, related resources and related links on different illnesses.

National Geographic: The Brain
This interactive web resource has articles with photos and demonstrations about how the brain works to process information from our bodies, generate thoughts and emotions, store and recall memories, and control movement.

The Neurotropin: Pain for Dummies
A 10 part series: "What you always wanted to know about pain but were afraid to ask".

NIDA for Teens - Facts on Drugs
Get the facts: Find the real facts fast on how different drugs affect the brain and body.

NINDS Disorders
NINDS Disorders is an index of neurological conditions provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). This valuable tool offers detailed descriptions, facts on treatment and prognosis, and patient organization contact information for over 250 identified neurological disorders.

Overview of the Autonomic Nervous System - The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook
Information about the Autonomic Nervous System including anatomy, function, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Parkinson's Disease - X-Plain module from the Patient Education Institute
Interactive health tutorial about Parkinson's Disease. (Anatomy, symptoms, treatment, etc.)

RSS Press Releases - American Academy of Neurology
Subscribe to research as soon as it's published in Neurology. Available by category (ex. Alzheimer's Disease and Memory, Brain Injury, Stroke, etc.)

Society for Neuroscience - Neuroscience Core Concepts
"Neuroscience Core Concepts offer fundamental principles that one should know about the brain and nervous system, the most complex living structure known in the universe. They are a practical resource about:

  • How your brain works and how it is formed.
  • How it guides you through the changes in life.
  • Why it is important to increase understanding of the brain."

Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance (2011)
From the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) which supports the collection, management, and analysis of the world's largest and longest spinal cord injury research database.

WebMD - Parkinson's Disease
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Parkinson's Disease

 Readings

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
ISBN-10: 0684853949
ISBN-13: 978-0684853949

From the back cover ... "In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks' splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject.""

 

The Amazing Brain, Robert Ornstein

The Amazing Brain by Robert Ornstein
ISBN-10: 0395585724
ISBN-13: 978-0395585726

From the back cover... "Whether viewed as a biological organ, an incredible machine, a supercomputer, or simply a miracle, the human brain is surely one of the most amazing things in the universe - and the more we find out about it, the more amazing it becomes. Beginning with the simplest view of brain anatomy, mechanisms, and processes, and making use of the most up-to-date research available, The Amazing Brain takes the reader on a visual and intellectual exploration of the history, evolution, construction, and chemical and electrical operation of the only object we know of that is able to contemplate, study, and describe itself.

The text is brilliantly accessible, and the illustrated essays and many drawings by David Macaulay provide both an actual and a metaphorical picture of the brain that makes even its most hidden secrets not only comprehensible but filled with beauty as well. This book is an exciting adventure for the layman and a sound introduction for the serious student."

 

Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, Sebastian Seung

Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are by Sebastian Seung
ISBN-10: 0547508182
ISBN-13: 978-0547508184

From the front flap... "We know that each of us is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, our uniqueness resides. Is it in our genes? The structure of our brains? Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our personality. But our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. The question is: how?

Sebastian Seung, a dynamic professor at MIT, is on a quest to discover the biological basis of identity. He believes it lies in the pattern of connections between the brain’s neurons, which change slowly over time as we learn and grow. The connectome, as it’s called, is where our genetic inheritance intersects with our life experience. It’s where nature meets nurture.

Seung introduces us to the dedicated researchers who are mapping the brain’s connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It is a monumental undertaking—the scientific equivalent of climbing Mount Everest—but if they succeed, it could reveal the basis of personality, intelligence, memory, and perhaps even mental disorders. Many scientists speculate that people with anorexia, autism, and schizophrenia are "wired differently," but nobody knows for sure. The brain’s wiring has never been clearly seen.

In sparklingly clear prose, Seung reveals the amazing technological advances that will soon help us map connectomes. He also examines the evidence that these maps will someday allow humans to "upload" their minds into computers, achieving a kind of immortality.

Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story, told with great passion and authority. It presents a daring scientific and technological vision for at last understanding what makes us who we are. Welcome to the future of neuroscience."

 

The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life, Joseph Ledoux

The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life by Joseph Ledoux
ISBN-10: 0684836599
ISBN-13: 978-0684836591

From the back cover... "What happens in our brains to make us feel fear, love, hate, anger, joy? Do we control our emotions, or do they control us? Do animals have emotions? How can traumatic experiences in early childhood influence adult behavior, even though we have no conscious memory of them? In The Emotional Brain, Joseph LeDoux investigates the origins of human emotions and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive.

One of the principal researchers profiled in Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, LeDoux is a leading authority in the field of neural science. In this provocative book, he explores the brain mechanisms underlying our emotions -- mechanisms that are only now being revealed."

 

Spinal Surgery: Written Simply by a Spinal Surgeon, Kenneth L. Jarolem

Spinal Surgery: Written Simply by a Spinal Surgeon by Kenneth L. Jarolem
ISBN-10: 1587361388
ISBN-13: 978-158761388

From Amazon book description... "Spinal Surgery Written Simply by a Spinal Surgeon explains in simple terms the complicated subject of spinal surgery. Various treatments are described as well as the risks and benefits of surgery. Over one hundred pictures are used to explain spinal anatomy and various spinal disorders. Case examples are also used to illustrate neck, upper and lower back problems, and their surgical treatment."

 

Pain: The Science of Suffering, Patrick Wall

Pain: The Science of Suffering by Patrick Wall
ISBN-10: 0231120079
ISBN-13: 978-0231120074

From the back cover... "Patrick Wall looks at these questions and sets his scientific account in a broad context, interweaving it with a wealth of fascinating and sometimes disturbing historical detail, such as famous characters who derived pleasure from pain, the unexpected reactions of injured people, the role of endorphins, and the power of placebo. He covers cures of pain, ranging from drugs and surgery, through relaxation techniques and exercise, to acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, and herbalism."

 

The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic, Linda Carroll

The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic by Linda Carroll
ISBN-10: 1451627459
ISBN-13: 978-1451627459

From the back cover... "THE CONCUSSION CRISIS brings an explosive but largely unseen epidemic out of the shadows. It puts a human face on a pressing public health crisis through poignant stories of athletes (from the peewees to the pros), soldiers, and others whose lives have been forever changed by jolts to the head and brain. Weaving their cautionary tales with a clear and accessible explanation of the advancing science and medicine, The Concussion Crisis is the definitive exploration of the invisible injury behind today’s alarming headlines. Journalists Linda Carroll and David Rosner sound an urgent wake-up call to every family and argue for changing a macho culture that refuses to treat concussion seriously as the traumatic brain injury it is."

 Young at Heart

Brain Map Rap
Funny rap about the parts of the brain and their functions.

Brainstem
Pinky and The Brain sing about the brain.

50 Brain Teasers
Brain teasers and games to stimulate your mind and teach how the brain works. Including sections on attention, memory, logic, etc.

Mind Exercises for Brain Fitness
Improve your brain fitness with these various mental exercises. Workout your memory, attention, eye-hand coordination, processing speed and more.

Mental disorders visualized in six minimalist posters
Mental and neurological disorders are hard enough to explain in words, but how about with just a few blocks of color? Graphic designer Patrick Smith tries to capture an impressionistic sense of some serious illnesses with his minimalist designs.

Neuroscience at the Movies lessons by Heather Stewart
List of mainstream movies that are relevant to the field of neuroscience, separated by topic.

 Articles

Why do we eat chilli? by Jason Goldman for The Guardian.
"Chillies burn our tongues, make our eyes water and bring us out in a sweat. Jason Goldman looks at a peculiarly human form of masochism."

A Harvard Psychiatrist Explains Zombie Neurobiology article by Mark Strauss for i09.com Mad Neuroscience.
Harvard psychologist, Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, gives a lecture touring "the human brain using the living dead as a narrative theme."

Insane Science: 5 New Books That Explain The Brain by Michael Shaub for NPR books.
"Neuroscience isn't just about parts of the brain and hard-to-pronounce chemicals; the books listed here cover everything from religion to pornography, from die-hard optimists to remorseless sociopaths. Sure, there's a lot of knowledge to be mined in these volumes, but most importantly, they're all fast, fun reads."

The web's best optical illusion videos... and how they trick your brain by Alasdair Wilkins for 109.com.
"The human brain is one of the most remarkable things on this planet...but that doesn't mean it can't make mistakes, particularly when it comes to how we see the world. Here are five mind-blowing optical illusions and how they work."

Contact Us

Neuroscience Research Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-2260 | Fax: (414) 955-6057

Allyson Schnabl, Administrative Assistant
aschnabl@mcw.edu

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