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Human Adult Neurogendering: Brain Plasticity and Sex Difference Research

Posted by Tabea Cornel on July 9, 2014

ABSTRACT: This paper analyses the extent to which the growing research on neuroplasticity in the 20th century related to neuroscientific investigations into sex differences. In the late 19th century, William James formulated the notion of a malleable brain that is responsive to exterior influences. At the same time, however, the influential work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal led to an adoption of the view of a static adult brain.

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BibNum

Posted by Alexandre Moatti on April 22, 2013

The internet site Bibnum (http://bibnum.education.fr) has been opened in 2008 by CERIMES, French organism depending of both Ministry for National Education and Ministry for Research. It is a digital library, with a choice of founding scientific texts (articles, chapters of books) of the 19th and 20th centuries: these texts are commented by current scientists who underline their importance, explain the purpose of the author, and bring the text into the light of today's science. The talk will address the genesis of the project, the private-public partnership it develops and its goals.

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Digital Science Archive

Posted by Melissa Bailes on November 18, 2011

This archival project will provide an online multimedia collection of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century scientific poems, novels, treatises, and illustrations. Covering the fields of botany, zoology, geology, chemistry, astronomy, etc., it will appeal to literary scholars and historians of science alike. The archive will be fully searchable, including effective pedagogical tools to help students understand the important overlaps of literature and science in this era.