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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Explore the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center in Belmont, Mass., which houses more than 6,000 samples and specimens.
  • National Geographic
Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons.
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Neurons are highly specialized cells that conduct and process information in animals, enabling thought, perception and control of movement. Lydia Harriss presents a quick guide to these remarkable cells.
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3D reconstructions reveal the detailed anatomy of three types of neurons in a mouse's cerebellum, an area of the brain that helps control movement.
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Glial cells provide insulation for nerve cells and help them communicate with one another. Using mouse muscle nerves, scientists studied the role of specific proteins in the growth of these cells.
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Neurons transmit signs to your brain every millisecond of every day, and facilitate almost everything you do. But what happens when this critical process goes wrong?
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Moderate amounts of alcohol do not kill brain cells.
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Your brain constantly generates new cells and remains adaptable — or "plastic" — as you age.
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You use all of your brain.
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Decision-making is such a seamless process we’re usually unaware of it — until our choice results in unexpected consequences. Then we wonder, “Why did I choose that option?”
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Lethal glioma tumors are one of the most devastating diseases because they are so difficult to treat, much less cure. But now scientists are on track to find potential treatments.
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We are time surfers, riding a wave made of ephemeral moments toward a future of our own imagining.

3D Brain

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