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Introduction

Neuroscientists specialize in the study of the brain and the nervous system. They have the daunting task of deciphering the brain’s commands of all these diverse functions. Over the years, the neuroscience field has made enormous progress. Scientists continue to strive for a deeper understanding of how the brain’s 100 billion nerve cells are born, grow, and connect. They study how these cells organize themselves into effective, functional circuits that usually remain in working order for life.

Discoveries

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Scientists who study the brain do so for many reasons. For some, the opportunity to study the most complex living structure in the known universe is itself an exciting quest. So much is still unknown about brain function and development.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Researching the brain and mind requires a major financial investment on a global scale, and takes place in a wide variety of locations and organizations.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
The main active ingredient in marijuana alters the normal communication between cells and circuits in the brain.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Although most of us don’t think of it in this way, the related senses of taste and smell help us interpret the chemical world.
Source: International Brain Research Organization
Learn more about neuroscience investments and opportunities in countries worldwide by contacting national and regional neuroscience organizations that are members of the International Brain Research Organization.
Search for a researcher with Find a Neuroscientist.