This guide was compiled by Rosemary Trumbull, who obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology-Psychology from Tufts University (2010). It is intended to provide resources for Neuroscience students, as well as people who are curious about the subject.
The resource guide is divided into several broad categories, and each resource has a brief description of what can be found on that site. The resource guide includes links to databases, journals, societies, and laboratories that may help with Neuroscience students’ research.
It also includes links to online tutorials and educational resources that are designed to help both students and teachers grasp the subject matter in a way that allows them to find better ways to understand and disseminate Neuroscience material. Finally, there are several resources listed for patients with neurological disorders.
Enjoy learning about Neuroscience!
- Society for Neuroscience — Provides resources, selected publications, a listing of Neuroscience-related jobs, and Neuroscience news.
- Neuroscience for Kids — A wonderful resource for kids to explore and experiment on basic concepts in Neuroscience! It is presented in a way to get kids engaged and interested in the subject, while still keeping it fun.
- Brain Explorer — Explains neuroanatomy, brain disorders, and neural pathways. Includes an image gallery, glossary, and external resources.
- Neuroscience News — An updated webpage of current research in Neuroscience. Includes news items, publications, and groups, as well as a shop that showcases Neuroscience related toys (squishy brains, neuron diagrams, etc.).
- Neuroguide — A list of resources with descriptions that lead to a variety of websites useful for professionals, students, teachers, and those simply interested in the field of Neuroscience.
- Computational Neuroscience on the Web — An extremely useful annotated index of computational neurobiology resources compiled by Jim Perlewitz, with a focus on realistic simulations of biological neural systems.
- AlleyDog — Use this to search for specific topics in psychology. Includes a glossary, news, quizzes, and lists of degree programs.
Images, Photos and Slides
- The Whole Brain Atlas — A Harvard Medical School initiative, this site provides a background on neuroimaging and a broad index of images of the brain in both normal and diseased states.
- The Visible Human Project — This site, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, presents images of the entire human body, including the brain, using several different imaging techniques.
- Laboratory of Neuro Imaging — Provides a variety of imaging resources, as well as many animated diagrams of neuroanatomy and images taken by this laboratory at UCLA.
- Brain Museum — Provides images from many different mammalian brains, allowing for comparison and differentiation.
- InnerBody – Guide to Human Anatomy — View anatomical systems, including the central nervous system, and its connections. Click on individual nerves for specialized information.
Databases and Journals
- NCBI PubMed — NCBI PubMed is a database where one can search and access articles from peer-reviewed journals, many of which have free full-text versions.
- Science — Science is recognized as one of the premier scientific journals in the world. Access online versions of peer-reviewed articles and supplemental materials through this site.
- Nature Reviews – Neuroscience — Provides reviews and general-information papers on relevant topics in Neuroscience.
- Nature Neuroscience — Nature is one of the top journals for Neuroscience publications. Includes articles detailing all aspects of the field.
- Journal of Neuroscience — Provides peer-reviewed articles in all aspects of Neuroscience. A subscription is required to view most articles.
- Annual Reviews in Neuroscience — A journal that provides coverage of the highlights of recent research in all areas and subdivisions of Neuroscience.
- National Institutes of Health — A system that confers access to NCBI databases and compiles information on proteins, genes, chemicals, and other pertinent topics.
- Cell — A journal focused on the cellular processes that govern life. Often includes articles based on work in Neuroscience, as cellular and molecular Neuroscience is a rapidly-growing field.
- Developmental Neurobiology — Formerly the Journal of Neurobiology, this journal covers topics in Neurobiology that are relevant to normal and abnormal central nervous system development, and disorders that are characteristically related to developmental processes.
- European Journal of Neuroscience — Similar to the Journal of Neuroscience, this journal covers many topics in the field, and frequently has special issues that focus on one disorder, treatment, or phenomenon.
- Journal of Neurochemistry — Encompasses neurochemical processes and their effects on the brain and behavior, as well as novel functions of neurotransmitters and treatments for neurochemical imbalances.
- Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry — This is a journal intended more for clinicians than researchers, as its articles often cover treatment options and clinical research studies.
- Neuron — A journal published by the makers of Cell. It covers pertinent topics in neuronal structure, function, and interactions.
- Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences — While not specific to Neuroscience, this journal hosts top-quality work done in a variety of scientific fields.
- MedlinePlus — A complete and very instructional portal to medical references around the web, including information and links to other websites about a variety of disorders, drugs, diseases, and natural processes.
- NCBI’s OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man) This site provides up-to-date information on all currently known genetic diseases, including information on the transcriptional, translational, and genome-wide components of these diseases and their underlying genetic causes.
- Neurodatabase — A searchable public database that is a Neurophysiology and Neuroinformatics resource. It is funded by the Human Brain Project.
- The Merck Manual – Neurologic Disorders — Provides information for health professionals on background, diagnostics, and treatments for a wide range of disorders.
Psychophysiology and Psychopathology
- Neuromuscular Disease Center — Provides an updated database of diseases that includes clinical pathology, symptoms, causes, and treatments.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke — Provides information on current research, clinical trial opportunities, and specific disorders. This institute is one of the leaders in the United States for supporting neurological disorder research.
- BrainWeb by the Dana Foundation — Provides a comprehensive list of online resources for many types of Neuroscience topics, mainly focusing on disorders.
- Internet Stroke Center — A Washington University School of Medicine initiative, this site provides information for patients, doctors, professors, and students. It also contains an image library and protocols for stroke care.
- IllusionWorks — Provides illusions to illustrate the brain’s comprehension of complex objects and figures. This site is regularly updated and contains explanations for why our brains perceive illusions as they do.
- BrainConnection — A site filled with facts, images, games, and a library to help educators acquire Neuroscience-related material.
- Basic Neural Processes Tutorials — Provides easy-to-understand diagrams and tutorials on a variety of different neural processes.
- Teaching Psychophysiology Resources — Provides materials for courses, syllabi, textbook recommendations, lecture topics, and papers.
- Tutorials in Sensation and Perception — A variety of informative pages and animations to illustrate the brain’s role in sensation and perception processes.
- Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience — Provides assistance for professors to effectively teach about Neuroscience and get their students interested in the subject. FUN’s mission is to enhance research participation, undergraduate attendance at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, allowing a conduit for innovation in Neuroscience education, recognizing educational prowess, and creating and upholding networks to enhance research, education, and professional development.
- Action Potential Demonstration — This site hosts an animation of an action potential, accompanied by the equations needed to calculate an action potential.
- Auditory System Animations — Animations depicting a variety of processes important in audition.
- Biology of Mind — A book delving into the biology behind the philosophical idea of the “mind”, with subdivisions including the “emotional mind”, the “structures of mind”, the “plastic mind”, the “perceiving mind”, and the “linguistic mind”.
- Neuron Modeling Software (NEURON) — Downloadable software to model neuronal processes, including action potentials and building neural networks.
- Simulator for Neural Networks and Action Potentials (SNNAP) — Similar to NEURON software, this software allows users to visualize action potentials and interactions among neural networks. It also gives mathematical descriptions of ion currents and second messenger processes.
- The Salk Institute — The Salk Institute for Biological Studies includes a wide variety of Neuroscience laboratories, focusing on cellular and molecular Neurobiology, computational and systems Neuroscience, cognitive Neuroscience, neuronal structure and function, and vision, among others.
- National Institutes of Mental Health — This site allows viewers to research different mental illnesses, look up staff involved in research funded by the NIMH, and search for clinical trials in particular labs.
- University of Wisconsin – Madison — The homepage for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Neuroscience. Provides information for undergraduates, graduate students, and the public about the labs on UW’s campus.
- Boston University’s Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems — The homepage for Boston University’s CNS department. Provides information on research done by its faculty, including research on sensorimotor systems, computational Neuroscience, and cognitive abilities.
- Duke Neurobiology — The homepage for Duke University’s department of Neurobiology. Includes links to faculty pages, research areas, and undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Caltech’s Computation and Neural Systems Department — View faculty and their research interests and seminars and presentations of interest.
- Neuroscience at Florida State University — The homepage for FSU’s Neuroscience program, housing information on research and programs sponsored by the university.
- Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University — Provides information for prospective and current students, as well as information on individual labs and faculty research interests.
- Ranked Graduate Programs in Neuroscience — Rankings of graduate programs in Neuroscience and Neurobiology. Use as a resource to explore each school in depth, and explore which schools share your research interests.
- Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT — Homepage for the BCS department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Includes links to research topics.
- Neurobiology at Harvard University — Homepage of the Neurobiology department at Harvard, with links to faculty pages, events, research, and programs of education.
- Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences — Information for patients and students, including information on clinical practices at the institute and research being performed by its faculty.
- UCSD Neuroscience — Graduate programs in Neuroscience at UCSD. Includes information on applying, research, and resources.
- UPenn Neuroscience (Institute of Neurological Sciences) — Provides information on educational activities, colloquiums, events, labs involved in Neuroscience research at Penn, and a link to Penn Med’s Neuroscience Center for patients with neurological disorders.
Societies and Conferences
- The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology — A society for board-certified Neuropsychologists. It holds an annual meeting with a focus on continuing education in the field, which both members and non-members can attend. The society also provides resource lists, research information, job opportunities, and study materials.
- Association for Psychological Science — Geared towards the theoretical part of psychology, this association’s website covers psychological in the news and top journals, and hosts an extensive career network. The associate also holds a conference and many resources for students and teachers.
- National Academy of Neuropsychology — An informational association for professionals, students, and interested parties. Expect to find a wide variety of educational information, including publications and educational programs for members.
- International Neuropsychological Society — A society created to foster and maintain research goals and education in Neuropsychology. Sponsors annual conferences in both the United States and Europe.
- Computational Neuroscience Conferences — A site that lists upcoming conferences with a focus on Computational Neuroscience, neural networks, systems Neuroscience, and information-processing networks.
- The Movement Disorder Society — An international society of professionals dedicated to the research and care of patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Tourette syndrome, Ataxia, Restless Legs syndrome, and other conditions.
Blogs and Patient Resources
- Brain Injury Association of America — This association is geared towards making the lives of people with brain injuries easier and more fulfilling. It hosts events, advocates for legislation favoring people with brain injuries, and provides resources for patients.
- Orange County Neuropsychologist — Dr. Haygoush Kalinian’s blog, where she educates and informs the public about adult brain disorders and injuries, and their subsequent treatment options.
- Eide Neurolearning Blog — A blog focused on the neurological underpinnings of learning, and how people can harness individual differences to help them learn more efficiently and effectively.
- NeuroTalk Communities — Patient support groups for neurological disorders. This site’s goal is to foster discussions between patients, their families and friends, and clinicians in order to increase understanding and create a forum for new ideas.
- List of Clinical Trials for Mental Health Disorders — This is the NIMH’s list of current clinical trials that are actively recruiting participants across the U.S.