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Granule Cells

  • Published30 Oct 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Granule cells are the smallest and most numerous type of neurons in the brain. They are involved in functions ranging from processing visual and motor information to learning and memory.

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