Brain Anatomy and Function

Image of neurons in synapse locations
Bacterial infections can make their way to the brain, where they can linger undetected.
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Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer tells you the truth.
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Bundles of extra-long axons transmit signals from eyes to brain.
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For over a century twins have been helping researchers understand how our genes and environment influence our susceptibility to disease.
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Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer explains gene expression and how it helps your body’s cells function.
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Neurons and muscles communicate at specialized nodes called neuromuscular junctions.
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Your brain’s 86 billion neurons wire up to form circuits. But just what is a circuit?
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Sun-seeking brain cells keep the sleep cycle in balance.
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The release of the “vampire hormone” lets the body know when it’s time to sleep.
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This furrowed structure helps you execute every move you make.
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Test your students’ knowledge of brain states.
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Neuroscientist Denise Bellinger explains vagus nerve stimulation, its history as a medical treatment, and whether commercial VNS devices are effective and safe.
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A small battery-sized device implanted into the chest delivering small zaps of electricity to the vagus nerve can make a huge impact in a patient’s wellbeing.
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3D Brain

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