Explore

Many cells and molecules work together to help you see the world around you.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The sense of touch conveys important social information and tells you when something is dangerous by letting you feel pain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The process, function, or power of perceiving sound.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
We all have a blind spot.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Your sense of taste and smell help you enjoy your favorite dish or avoid it when it’s gone bad.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Whether it’s helping you survive or communicate, hearing is a critical sense with a complex internal system from ear to ear.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Sorting through past experiences to help make our best choices possible.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The nerve fibers sensing touch, pain, and heat bundle together before entering the spinal cord.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Gray matter is a component of the brain named for the color it appears.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
White matter gets its name from the insulation covering nerve fibers.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The human brain is neither the largest nor most complex brain in the animal kingdom. So what makes it special?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 4 min
Brain imaging and computer modeling evidence pinpoints the area of the brain that perceives environmental boundaries — and stops you from running into them.
  • BrainFacts/SfN