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Brain Facts – A New Web Site


I heard about this web site on the drive into work this morning. It's a web site dedicated to publishing and promoting new discoveries which are being made virtually every day about the brain and how it functions.

Description taken from the web site:

" is an authoritative source of information about the brain and nervous system for the public.

The brain is the most complex biological structure in the known universe. It is a topic rich with exciting new discoveries, continuing profound unknowns, and critical implications for individuals, families, and societies.

The site is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, all leading global nonprofit organizations working to advance brain research. Leading neuroscientists from around the world form the editorial board.

Why create a website?

The study of brain structure and function is called neuroscience. seeks to share what neuroscientists know, explore what they don’t yet know fully, and discuss how today’s research advances understanding. The site’s content, which is reviewed by scientists for accuracy, seeks to:

  • Inform the public about exciting discoveries related to brain structure and function, and dispel common “neuromyths.”
  • Provide science educators with easy-to-use, fun, scientifically valid resources, to use in — and beyond — the classroom.
  • Explore growing understanding about the biological foundations of neurological and psychiatric diseases that affect about one billion people worldwide.
  • Spark dialogue about the progress, potential, and importance of neuroscience research. also shares the excitement of scientific discovery, and educates about the scientific process. Like other scientific disciplines, the path to understanding the brain is long and complex. It can twist and turn unexpectedly, revealing both new knowledge and, sometimes, surprising results. It demonstrates how science makes progress through continuous inquiry, testing, debate, and refinement.

Accuracy, accessibility, transparency

The information on is regularly fact-checked and updated. All site content is reviewed for accuracy, either by Society for Neuroscience members or by trusted content partners approved by the editorial board. provides information about the field’s understanding of causes, symptoms, and outcomes of brain disorders. It is not intended to give specific medical or other advice to patients. Visitors interested in medical advice should consult with a physician."

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