Photogprah of a scared teen driving with an adult is in the passenger's seat
Shedding light on a period of chaos and character-building, neuroscientists are framing the teen brain to help support this critical period in development.
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Are you left- or right-sided? In this activity you'll find out whether people generally do most activities with one side of their body.
  • Scientific American
Understanding how new neurons integrate into existing brain regions may hold the secret to restoring brain function after injury or disease.
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A gene controls neuronal traffic in the assembly of this electrical circuit.
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Let neuroscience help you in the classroom. This resource gives you a primer to brain-based education.
  • Illinois State University
A bedtime story about the process of brain development, as lovingly told to a baby.
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  • 5 min
There is no magical age at which brain development suddenly stops. The brain is constantly changing, even in adulthood and old age.
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Neuron formation begins in the earliest stages of human development. Signaling molecules “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others, beginning nerve cell induction.
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Plasticity itself is not unique to humans, but the degree to which our brains are able to adapt is.
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Genes and the environment converge powerfully during early sensitive windows of brain development to form the neural circuits underlying behavior. Although most neuronal cell death occurs in the embryo, the paring down of connections occurs in large part during critical periods in early postnatal life.
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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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Once the neural induction has occurred, the next step for new neurons is a journey to the proper position in the brain. This process is called migration, and it begins three to four weeks after a human baby is conceived.
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Hormones are important messages both within the brain and between the brain and the body.
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3D Brain

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