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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
Scientists map the organization of nerve fibers, which may offer new clues about their roles in cognition and behavior.
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.

Neuroanatomy in the News

Source: NPR Shots Blog
Date: 16 March 2015
Since his birth 33 years ago, Jonathan Keleher has been living without a cerebellum, a structure that usually contains about half the brain's neurons.
Source: MIT Technology Review
Date: 21 Jan 2015
DNA data and medical images were combined to find genetic links to brain anatomy.
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.
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