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Discover the animal models that help us learn about different parts of the human brain.
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Basic neuroscience research in animal models is essential to understanding brain function and the thousands of brain diseases and disorders that affect both humans and animals. Treatments for stroke, depression, and drug addiction are just a few examples of developments made by this research. Learn more.

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In order to study the human brain, sometimes you have to start small.
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Most people communicate everyday through language, so how does it work?
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The scientist discusses his shocking research with electric fish.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 34 min
Aiming for a moving target means compensating for your brain's own tardiness.
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Today's New York Times has a nice video showing how stimulating a small set of neurons in the amygdala can turn off a rat's motivation to eat. The stimulation relies on a newly discovered technology called 'optogenetics'.
During development, cells in the retina converge to form the nerve that will transmit visual information to the brain.
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Special cells in the inner ear turn vibrations in the air into what we perceive as sound.
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Scientists are studying the brains of tadpoles to understand how neural circuits develop and absorb information from the surrounding environment.
  • National Science Foundation
  • 5 min
A protein in neurons enables helps flies learn about their environments and survive in the wild.
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Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information.
  • National Science Foundation
  • 5 min
How do we compare to other animals in terms of braininess, and why are researchers still looking for the best brain test?
  • Wellcome Trust
Serpents are a storehouse of fascinating neuroscience.

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.