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Introduction

Every thought and action is controlled by the brain — the body’s most complex organ. The brain is divided into functional units with particular tasks, like processing visual information or responding to fearful experiences. Each of these units is made up of brain cells that work together. These cells also form connections with cells in other functional units, creating communication routes for brain signals. Using new tools to tag and trace brain circuits, scientists are working to better understand how the human brain is organized to perform its many functions. Ongoing studies in animals and people are helping scientists recognize the many different types of brain cells and the roles they play. In addition, imaging technology is helping map brain regions responsible for specific functions and behaviors.

Discoveries

Source: Society for Neuroscience

Learn about the basics of the brain with this neuroscience rap video. 

Source: National Science Foundation
Melina Hale explains how her research on zebrafish is helping to advance brain research.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Neurons rely on proteins to determine their jobs in the nervous system.

Neuroanatomy in the News

Source: Discovery News
Date: 24 Nov 2014
Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research.
Source: The Washington Post
Date: 18 Nov 2014
A group of researchers tracked the complicated history of long-forgotten neural pathway, revealing that the brain structure — which is vital to our ability to read — was lost to neurologists for a century because of bickering and confusion.
Source: The Washington Post
Date: 10 Nov 2014
The area of the brain that influences our reward system is smaller in marijuana users.
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