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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A family of proteins determines which nerve cells thrive or die.
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Sensory information like scents can alter the brain in early 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.
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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.
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A bedtime story about the process of brain development, as lovingly told to a baby.
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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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Hormones are important messages both within the brain and between the brain and the body.
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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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Insulation covering wires preserves the strength of the electrical signals that travel through them. The myelin sheath covering axons serves a similar purpose.
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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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3D Brain

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