EXHIBITIONS Neuroscapes 2006

Neuroscientists’ images from cutting-edge technologies “capture landmark concepts of how the brain works.” The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Camillo Golgi, for their work on the structure of the nervous system.

Barcelona Science Museum, Spain

Spring 2006

+34 91 585 4735

www.neuroart2006.com/

(1) Brain: The World inside Your Head

A lively show that uses modern exhibition technology to engage your brain while showing you its inner workings.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

January 28–May 7

919-733-7450 or 877-4NATSCI

www.naturalsciences.org/

(2) Supporting Structure

An exhibition on the spine and spinal surgery highlights the treatment of spinal injury, from historical to state-of-the-art.

International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago

Permanent exhibition

312-642-6502

www.imss.org/exhibits.htm

CONFERENCES American Society of Addiction Medicine

The 37th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference is designed to “improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of addiction” with respect to alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and pathological behaviors and is geared toward professionals and students in the field.

San Diego

May 4–7

301-656-3920

www.asam.org/

Association for Psychological Science

The 18th Annual Convention of the association (formerly known as the American Psychological Society) features a keynote speech on behavioral genetics by Sir Michael Rutter of King’s College London, a “Bring the Family Address” by Blink author Malcolm Gladwell and a symposium on “The Mind in the Media” organized by APS president Michael S. Gazzaniga.

New York City

May 25–28

202-783-2077

www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/

MOVIES/RADIO Failure to Launch

Emotional immaturity and prolonged adolescence are comic fodder when the parents of Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) try to dupe him into leaving the comfort of the nest to follow the girl of his dreams (Sarah Jessica Parker).

Paramount Pictures

In wide release

www.failuretolaunchmovie.com/

(3) Our Brand Is Crisis

James Carville and a team of consultants helped to elect the president of Bolivia in 2002 (who fled to Miami only 14 months later). The documentary picks apart the slick, sometimes sleazy, manipulation of public opinion.

Koch Lorber Films

In wide release

www.filmstransit.com/our_brand.html

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction

Once again, writer Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) engages in a psychosexual duel with a police psychiatrist, this time from London’s Scotland Yard, Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey).

Sony Pictures

In wide release

www.sonypictures.com/movies/basicinstinct2/index.html

The Da Vinci Code

Conspiracy theorists’ dream or occult hooey? You be the judge as you watch an exceptional cast led by Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou as a symbologist and a cryptographer who unravel ancient secrets in this film rendition of the popular book.

Sony Pictures

Opening May 19

www.sonypictures.com/movies/davincicode/site/home.html

The Infinite Mind

A weekly program broadcast on NPR “explores the art and science of the human mind.” Upcoming episodes: “The Science of Winning” (airs starting April 5) and “Sex Talk” (airs starting April 12). Past programs available on CD or in MP3.

Stations and times at www.lcmedia.com/stations.htm

WEB SITES www.neurosurgery.org/cybermuseum/index.html

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has a continually expanding virtual museum of exhibits and archives.

www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/index.shtml

The BBC in London brings you psychology tests and surveys such as “Morals,” “Lonely Hearts” and “Sniffing the Decades” and perception tests such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?” in a Web site chockablock with overview articles on psychology, memory, emotions and personality.

(4) www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/ptsdmenu.cfm and www.ncptsd.va.gov/

From the malevolent intent of 9/11 to the cataclysm of Hurricane Katrina, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has become as familiar a concept among civilians as it has been for the military and its veterans. Here are two Web sites, from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the Department of Veterans Affairs, packed with information and help for survivors, their families and for students of the field.

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