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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.

Octopuses have the ability to solve puzzles, learn through observation, and even use tools – just like humans.
  • TED
  • 4 min
While they share similar features, no two animal brains are exactly alike.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 10 min
Dr. Jerald Harris is Professor of Geology and Director of Paleontology at Dixie State College, and an expert in the esoteric science of identifying fossil footprints (ichnology). From these empty impressions in stone, he brings to life the extinct animals that made them millions of years before man first walked the earth.
It's not just size that matters for brain power.
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The German Primate Center houses 1300 primates used for brain research. Learn how the scientists and veterinarians care for their animals in this virtual tour.
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory - German Primate Center (DPZ)
To understand how the human brain tunes out distractions, researchers turn to monkeys.
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory - German Primate Center (DPZ)
  • 7 min
Thousands of people are captivated by the live video stream of a pair of bald eagles, named Mr. President and The First Lady, nesting on top of a Tulip Poplar tree at the U.S. National Arboretum.
The autism researcher tells tales of triumphs and tribulations in this podcast from People Behind the Science.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 28 min
The researcher discusses her fascination with the stars and what songbirds can teach us about human language.
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  • 3 min
This website looks at seven mammal brains and determines if their size is what makes them smarter.
  • The Brain From Top to Bottom
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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3D Brain

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