Scientific explanation – Tale 2 Mimi and the voluntary movement

Today you can discover the new tale of Cogni’Junior :

Mimi and the voluntary movement

We are proposing you a review of the numeric litterature about scientific knowledge that are presented in the tale:

  • le cerveau à tous les nveaux : This website is a gold mine. We are proposing the link to movement pathway. But the whole website have to be explored ! You can find the trip of Mimi and the voluntary movement step-by-step with the different areas imply in the movement process. It’s a perfect parallel with the tale, if you want an overview summed up.
  • a lecture about basal ganglia, another one about the voluntary movement, another about the motor pathway (in case you still miss some information) If cogntiive science interest you and that you are searching for mooc or lecture to go deeper into scientific knowledge, think about going to look into “slideshare”. A lot of researcher are giving lecture and some of them share their presentation/slides freely online. So it’s up to you to explore the web and personal website of researcher, they will put links to their slides in a section “lecture” next to their publication. If you are interested in what they are studying but you consider scientific article not for you, too long or too specific, this can be a good way to get to know what they are studying with a nice overview on the topic and of course … more picture !
  • Advanced reading: an scientific article about gial cells and their disfunction in the peripheric neural system and another about protection mechanism of the spinal cord. A large litterature exist on the motor pathway, about movement, movement representation, disease link to areas involve in movement production. If reading scientific article do not afraid you, you can search in google scholar or pubmed with keyword link to what you are interested to learn. Begin by metaanalysis and review which can give you an overview of knowledge less focus on details. If you don’t have access to articles that you want to read and don’t want to spend money on article before begin sure that the content is the one that you want to learn, you can contact the first author (or one of the list of author). You will be able to find their emails adress on their personal website or as contact person in the article. If you ask kindly, the researcher can send you the article (may be not the nice layout produced by the journal where the article is published but at least the content of it)
  • If you are interested in learning about Parkinson (think of tking a look at our comics) We voluntarally limited the amount of information about disease in the tale but it exists a large number of them affecting the motor pathway. If you are interested, check out out comics and if you are searching for some popularization about a specific one that is not already treated in Cogni’Junior, contact us, if we can’t provide you with more information … we can may be create some.

A dopaminergic 2015 merry christmas

For 2015 end of year, Cogni’Junior is preparing few surprises and here is the first of them.

We are offering a comic from our series about neurodegenerative disease: Parkinson.

During this moment of family events, perhaps you have a relative that hold this disease. How to explain to children and old children ? We are proposing you a comic that may help you and amuse you.

Wishing you a merry christmas.

Cogni’Junior team


This comic was created for the science week 2015.


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Meeting Sinterklaas: a brain story

It is ‘present night’ in the Netherlands this Saturday night. Sinterklaas will bring presents to the good children. Did you behave well this year? Are you ready to meet him, and is your brain ready for this too? 

this blog post is originally available in the donders wonders blog here

What about you doing science ?

Original article can be found on the donders wonders blog