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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.

Hear from some of the country’s leading scientists and medical experts who talk about why animal research is critical for medical progress and the advancement of both human and animal health.
  • Foundation for Biomedical Research
  • 4 min
Cephalopods hide from predators and communicate with other members of their species in a unique way: by altering the color and texture of their skin.
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Whenever we explore a new city, walk in the dark, or travel a well-worn path, we rely on a network of specialized neurons deep within our brains to generate and maintain a cognitive map of our world.
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In this video NPR tackles the questions why do we play, and are we the only ones who play?
  • NPR
What can "sweet-blind" mice tell us about sugar and our brain?
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
The human brain has been compared to a lizard's brain, a jellyfish's brain, and now it is being compared to an ice cream cone.
  • NPR
Fears may be acquired over a lifetime, but our brains are wired for fear from birth.
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Studying the neural functions underlying movement in monkeys is leading to amazing new technologies that may give paralyzed people the ability to move again.
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Nonhuman primate research is opening up new avenues of attack against the devastating neurodegenerative disorder Huntington’s disease.
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In the race to develop a vaccine against Zika virus, research using nonhuman primate animal models is providing critical insights into how the virus can affect the brain.
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Octopuses have the ability to solve puzzles, learn through observation, and even use tools – just like humans.
  • TED
  • 4 min
While they share similar features, no two animal brains are exactly alike.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 10 min

3D Brain

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