Our Year in Review

Knowing Neurons had an amazing year, and we are so thankful for all your support throughout our journey!  Here are some highlights from 2016!

In the last year, we have used just about every mode of communication to share exiting stories about the brain and mind.  We wrote about the latest neuroscience discoveries and technological advancements.  We spoke with prominent neuroscientists, science policy activists, and brain book authors.  We created animated videos, started a partnership with Aeon Magazine, and even began a creative writing corner on our site!

One of our favorite project in 2016 was our 52 Brain Facts series!  Each week we posted an original, custom-made, postcard-style infographic that explained a fascinating fact about the brain.  You can find the complete 52 Brain Facts series here.  This year we launched a new series about Weird Animal Brains, which you can explore here!

Our biggest achievement this year was winning the Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award for our neuroscience education and outreach efforts!  We presented a dynamic poster at the SfN annual meeting in San Diego, where we got to meet so many of you and began new collaborations!

We are excited to bring you even more neuroscience stories, infographics, interviews, videos, book reviews, and so many other #scicomm and #sciart in 2016!  And we want you to get involved!  Find out how you can contribute to Knowing Neurons here!


Join us in re-exploring our most popular posts from 2016:

10. Digging Out the “Earworms:” Involuntary Musical Imagery Correlates with Cortical Structure


9. Is too much sugar a form of brain abuse?

Sugar Brain

8. Brain Waves and Beta Buzz: The Wild Story of Neural Oscillations


7. How a mother’s voice shapes her baby’s developing brain


6. This is Your Brain on Starbucks

Caffeine Knowing Neurons

5. Hacking your Brain with Smart Drugs


4. Does Free Will Exist?


3. The Fugue of Life: Why Complexity Matters in Physiology and Neuroscience

Above is an image of the Mandelbrot set, a geometric pattern discovered by Benoit Mandelbrot that is useful for visualizing the concept of scale invariance.

2. This is Your Brain on Music

this is your brain on music

1. Why Dopamine Makes People More Impulsive



What was your favorite neuroscience post in 2016?  Here’s to another fantastic year!!


Kate Fehlhaber

Kate graduated from Scripps College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience, completing the cellular and molecular track with honors. As an undergraduate, she studied long-term plasticity in models of Parkinson’s disease in a neurobiology lab at University of California, Los Angeles. She continued this research as lab manager before entering the University of Southern California Neuroscience graduate program in 2011 and then transferring to UCLA in 2013. She completed her PhD in 2017, where her research focused on understanding the communication between neurons in the eye. Kate founded Knowing Neurons in 2011, and her passion for creative science communication has continued to grow.