Brain inspector


Michael C. Purdy

Simeon Schlaggar examines a human brain at NeuroDay March 5 at the Saint Louis Science Center as his father, Bradley Schlaggar, MD, PhD, the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Associate Professor of Neurology, looks on. Simeon is also the son of Christina Lessov-Schlaggar, PhD, research assistant professor of psychiatry. The event, jointly sponsored by Washington University and the Saint Louis Science Center, was an opportunity for the public to learn about brain science and was staffed in part by Washington University graduate students. Other activities included using a brain-computer interface to play a video game, operating a model of nerve cell communication that used jelly beans and light switches, making a model nerve cell from pipe cleaners, and participating in exercises that highlighted the way the brain analyzes sensory data. NeuroDay was part of International Brain Awareness Week, created by the DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience.