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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.

Learn what some species of songbird have taught us about vocal and motor learning.
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Fish have specialized cells that help them detect movement in the water so they don't end up as dinner.
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Songbirds are one of the few known species who learn to speak (or sing) like we do. That makes them the perfect case study to learn about the origins of language in the brain.
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  • 5 min
You may have heard the expression that dogs ‘see with their noses.’ But these creature’s nasal architecture reveals a whole world beyond what we can see.
  • TED
  • 4 min
One of the joys of growing up in the South is that time in the early summer near dusk when fireflies put on their enchanting display. It was practically a rite of passage to catch and place them in a Mason jar with holes poked in the lid.
What can squids, slugs and other sea critters teach us about the human brain?
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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

3D Brain

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