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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.

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.
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  • 10 min
Dr. Jerald Harris is Professor of Geology and Director of Paleontology at Dixie State College, and an expert in the esoteric science of identifying fossil footprints (ichnology). From these empty impressions in stone, he brings to life the extinct animals that made them millions of years before man first walked the earth.
It's not just size that matters for brain power.
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The German Primate Center houses 1300 primates used for brain research. Learn how the scientists and veterinarians care for their animals in this virtual tour.
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory - German Primate Center (DPZ)
To understand how the human brain tunes out distractions, researchers turn to monkeys.
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory - German Primate Center (DPZ)
  • 7 min
Thousands of people are captivated by the live video stream of a pair of bald eagles, named Mr. President and The First Lady, nesting on top of a Tulip Poplar tree at the U.S. National Arboretum.
The autism researcher tells tales of triumphs and tribulations in this podcast from People Behind the Science.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 28 min

3D Brain

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