Brain Facts

The brain is a source of wonder and mystery. Browse through these resources to find out more about what we know, as well as what we don’t know.

How does your brain see the world?

Did you know that your brain sees more than you do? When you look at the world around you, some of what you see gets processed consciously, but other information gets processed without you being aware of it. Information about what you see and how to interact with it are processed in two separate visual pathways. While you may not notice the difference, peculiar examples of brain damage or optical illusions show us that the two streams are separate. Watch this SciToons video to learn more about dual stream processing.

Knowing Neurons

Knowing Neurons is an award-winning website by young neuroscientists. They make neuroscience accessible to anyone interested in learning about the brain. Delve into the mind via stories, infographics, interviews, and more!

Mental Health - Brain Basics

Brain Basics provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health – Statistics

Did you know that over 18 percent of all U.S. adults and almost 50 percent of adolescents experienced mental illness in the past year? These are just two of the statistics recently released by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the prevalence and treatment of different mental illnesses in the U.S. population. The NIMH website includes detailed statistics and interactive graphs for depression, autism, post-traumatic stress disorders, and many other mental illnesses.

Population Engineering | Gene Drive by CRISPR-CAS9

The CRISPR-CAS9 genome editing technology is opening up previously inconceivable possibilities for the manipulation of organisms. Our ethical discussion appears to be far behind the pace of technological development. In this SciToons video, learn how CRISPR-CAS9 can be used to change entire species using the concept of Gene Drive.

What are neural networks?

Have you ever wondered how your social media apps recognize who’s who in your pictures? Watch this SciToons video on machine learning and neural networks to find out.

What happens to the brain during a concussion?

What happens when you have a concussion? Concussions are also called mild traumatic brain injuries. You might be wondering: how do these types of injuries occur? Watch this SciToons video to find out what happens in the brain during and after a concussion.