July 19, 2014



I chose to research acetylcholine. I had previously learned a bit about acetylcholine when researching an infection for another course I’m taking. It was really interesting to be able to learn more about this neurotransmitter and make connections with the knowledge I already had.

I tried to present as much information as I could without it being irrelevant or overwhelming. Hopefully, people can realize the importance of acetylcholine and its various functions throughout the brain and the rest of the body.

I’m not a very creative person, but I tried to make the zine colorful and include a few drawings to make it interesting and keep people’s attention. I wish that I could have been more creative or artistic!

Glycine microzine

July 19, 2014


         The neurotransmitter I chose to research was Glycine, simply because I hadn’t come across it before and wanted to learn about something new! I have already some knowledge on neurotransmitters such as GABA and dopamine from my study of Psychology, and was keen to look into Glycine since it is (along with GABA) arguably one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain.

          I wanted to accurately convey scientific information/concepts, while also throwing myself into the microzine mind set. I also wanted to make sure it was an easy read for someone who had little/no knowledge about this particular neurotransmitter.

          I firstly decided to create my microzine on the computer because I wanted the information to be displayed clearly and neatly. With this in mind, I tried to go for a colourful, vibrant vibe with my microzine. I also wanted to display a couple of diagrams to assist the concepts (for example, the synapse on the front cover which was drawn using Paint!)


July 19, 2014


I chose melatonin as my neurotransmitter for my zine.   I chose melatonin because I myself have problems with sleep and have taken melatonin supplements for a long time and I thought it would be interesting for me to find out the science behind melatonin, why people have problems with it etc.  I tried to convey the basic facts about melatonin without getting too overwhelming.  I made sure to only say the basic information so anyone could pick this up, read it and understand a great deal about it.  My creative process was very simple.  I used many different fonts and colors for the visual aspect but I also included a few diagrams and photos to assist with my descriptions and explanations of melatonin.


July 19, 2014



I chose norepinephrine, an excitatory neurotransmitter that causes the brain to feel of intense focus and awareness. I chose it because I had remembered hearing about it from biology class, when we were studying the endocrine system. I knew that the adrenal glands released epinephrine and norepinephrine, but I didn’t know anything about norepinephrine’s dual function as a chemical neurotransmitter. Thus, it was interesting to learn about the many different effects when norepinephrine bonds to synaptic receptors.

I tried to convey that norepinephrine is an excitatory molecule. All of norepinephrine’s effects are somehow related to energy and excitement: increasing blood flow to the brain, activating glucose energy stores, causing a sense of awareness, activating the fight-or-flight response, increasing heart rate, etc. That’s why I chose the title “In the Zone” for this Zine.

In terms of creative process, I tried not to let the pictures and gimmicks interfere with the overall scientific information. I did use shading, and I added pictures of lightning bolts and frightened faces because they fit with my theme. Otherwise, I let my natural instincts decide how to embellish things.



July 19, 2014

I chose to research glutamate because it is currently part of a study on epilepsy in a neuroscience lab I am currently working in. In the making of my flip book I tried to convey the importance of this neurotransmitter in cell communication, as it is present in nearly every cell. I attempted to use a cartoon-like style to present the information I found. I used a lot of different colors in order to make the information more organized and memorable. Also, I wanted to make the information visually appealing and make the reader sort of excited to read it.Cathey.Brianna.Zine

Microzine: Dopamine

July 18, 2014

I chose to create my zine on dopamine. I had heard of dopamine before, but did not know exactly what its role was in the brain. In biology class a few years ago I had heard that cocaine affected the brain’s levels of dopamine, but that was the extent of my knowledge on the neurotransmitter. Thus, I was eager to learn more about is with this assignment.

With my microzine, I tried to convey the importance of dopamine in a friendly, educational way. I wanted people to understand not only the importance of the neurotransmitter, but also its use in the brain.

As for my creative process, I kind of winged it! I’m not very artistic, so I tried to make up for that by using lots of colors and making the zine look fun. I added a few drawings as visual aids of dopamine as well. I wanted the zine to be informative, but not intimidating, so I really tried to go for a fun, friendly feel.



Microzine: Dopamine

July 18, 2014

I chose to research dopamine because I had heard of it before but never knew much about the neurotransmitter. It seemed very interesting, and I wanted to learn more. In my microzine I tried to convey a general understanding of the neurotransmitter dopamine. I designed it with a picture on each page to convey the message of the information written on that page. Housman.Hope.Zine

Adrenaline MicroZine

July 18, 2014

I chose to research the Adrenaline (also known as Epinephrine) neurotransmitter because I had heard of adrenaline as a hormone and never knew it was also a neurotransmitter. I found out a lot about both my neurotransmitter and different parts of the brain and different receptors by researching adrenaline. Adrenaline is an excitatory neurotransmitter that is found in the sympathetic nervous system, which is a part of the autonomic nervous system. This part of the nervous system helps to maintain homeostasis. Therefore, adrenaline is used to cure patients that suffer from cardiac arrest, extreme allergies or breathing problems. I am not necessarily an artist, so I struggled a bit with the assignment. I wanted to express the information in a concise way. Also, I aimed my MicroZine at an older audience because some of the information is complex and would not be understood, for example, by a child. I hope you all like it! Adrenaline MicroZine


July 18, 2014

“The Pursuit of Serotonin”

I selected the neurotransmitter serotonin, because it is well known for being the cause of happiness. Serotonin is often increased by taking drugs such as LSD and cocaine. But the things to remember is that the serotonin naturally produced in the brain will cease as result of an overdose of artificial serotonin. Soon, one may not be able to feel happy, even with drugs. The production of serotonin can be damaged easily. Just a heads up that I am, in no way artistic. So this was a bit more difficult than I had imagined. In regards to “my creative process”, I tried to use many colors and make sure that the drawing did not look as if they had been done by a primary student, but in the end, it did.



July 18, 2014

I chose glutamate because it seemed like an interesting neurotransmitter to further research. It is an essential neurotransmitter found in the brain, and I wanted to learn about its use and how it affected neurons when it was released.
Through my zine, I wanted to convey the main points about glutamate’s role in the brain, as it plays a vital role in brain development. Something I learned while researching that I touch upon in my zine is that efforts are being made in the clinical field to find a way to use medication to control glutamate levels as well as glutamate receptors. Through this research, they are looking to improve conditions for people with depression and disorders such as OCD.  Existing drugs are already being experimented with;  I briefly talk about one of them in my zine.
I wanted to highlight the key points in my zine, and I used color to do so. I used some diagrams to help visualize some points, and tried to label thoroughly so that everything aspect was clear.