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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.

Two Nobel-winning scientists explain how your brain gets you from Point A to Point B.
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  • 6 min
When you can’t see, sometimes you need a bit of electricity.
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Did you know an octopus has more than one neural network?
  • Knowing Neurons
What can the flick of a rat’s tail tell us about opioid addiction? More than you might think.
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This film investigates whether dogs love us by reviewing behavioural and neuroscientific evidence.
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  • 4 min
A lot, it turns out. Some animals can detect forms of energy invisible to us, like magnetic and electrical fields. Others see light and hear sounds well outside the range of human perception.
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The developing brain needs a constant source of new cells as it builds the circuits that will control behavior.
  • BioInteractive
Learn what some species of songbird have taught us about vocal and motor learning.
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Fish have specialized cells that help them detect movement in the water so they don't end up as dinner.
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Songbirds are one of the few known species who learn to speak (or sing) like we do. That makes them the perfect case study to learn about the origins of language in the brain.
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  • 5 min
You may have heard the expression that dogs ‘see with their noses.’ But these creature’s nasal architecture reveals a whole world beyond what we can see.
  • TED
  • 4 min
One of the joys of growing up in the South is that time in the early summer near dusk when fireflies put on their enchanting display. It was practically a rite of passage to catch and place them in a Mason jar with holes poked in the lid.

3D Brain

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