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Open Neuroscience Initiative
The Open Neuroscience Initiative is a free-to-use textbook
This project began as a means to overcoming the financial burden that face undergraduate neuroscience students when buying textbooks. By compiling and writing a completely free-to-access textbook that covers the foundations of a typical college introduction to neuroscience course, students would have one less obstacle to overcome in their educational career, allowing them to focus their valuable time and attention on learning rather than finances. To make this project a reality, I began with a humble tweet in May 2019 that managed to gain a tiny bit of traction among the neuroscience Twitter-sphere. A handful of retweets and comments later, several experts who shared my ideology for open educational resources contacted me directly, looking for ways to be involved in the project. Ultimately, almost half of the contributing authors or content expert editors were recruited through Twitter, while the other half were personal connections I had made through my time as a neuroscientist. My choice to distribute this text freely over the internet was deliberate. We have been living in a digital era where most (if not all) of us have completely unfettered access to the entirety of the world’s knowledge using a desktop, laptop, or cell phone. Why shouldn’t a formal neuroscience education be any different? My hope for this project is to share my passion of neuroscience with the world. Additionally, widespread adoption of open educational resources like this means increased access and decreased inequity across the realm of higher education, opening the doors for a more inclusive and diverse future.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Introduction to Community Psychology: Becoming an Agent of Change
Leonard A. Jason, Olya Glantsman, Jack F. O'Brien, and Kaitlyn N. Ramian
Introduction to Community Psychology: Becoming an Agent of Change tells the story of community psychologists, who view social problems as being due to the unequal distribution of resources, which causes poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and crime. In addition, because no condition or disease has ever been eliminated by just dealing with those with the problem, community psychologists focus their work on prevention. Finally, community psychology shifts the power dynamics so that community members are equal members of the team, as they provide unique points of view about barriers that need to be overcome in working toward social justice. In a sense, this eld has many similarities with community organizing, but it’s different in that community psychologists have both research and action skills to evaluate whether or not our interventions actually work.
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Introduction to Community Psychology by Leonard A. Jason, Olya Glantsman, Jack F. O'Brien, and Kaitlyn N. Ramian (Editors) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.