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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.

Research into the razor-sharp hearing of barn owls reveals how we create mental maps of space and may lead to hearing loss solutions.
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Neurons in the eye turn light into electrical signals. How and where signals travel between these cells is thought to affect vision.
How does the brain track smells? Scientists use the olfactory system in insects to study how the brain responds to and processes different odors.
The discovery of a protein that gives jellyfish their colorful glow revolutionized scientists' view of the nervous system, allowing them to add color to what had only been seen in black and white.
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Scientist targeted by animal rights activists asks about the ethics of inaction.
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The moment light meets the retina, the process of sight begins. About 60 years ago, scientists discovered that each vision cell’s receptive field is activated when light hits a tiny region in the center of the field and inhibited when light hits the area surrounding the center.
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Once the neurons reach their final location, they must make the proper connections so that a particular function, such as vision or hearing, can emerge.
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This Web resource highlights the valuable role that animals play in biomedical research. The anatomy of the reward pathways in the human brain and the rat brain are compared to emphasize their similarities.
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An unexpected finding decades ago has helped create one of the first success stories for gene therapy and hope for vision restoration in people.
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3D Brain

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