Movement

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It doesn’t take brainpower to react to sudden danger; just a bit of spine.
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Motor neurons are crucial for movement, from the simplest step to the most complex dance.
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The primate retina passes information about rapid movement to the brain.
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There are likely advantages to having both left- and right-handed individuals in a population.
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Scientists are rethinking the role of nerve endings once thought to be involved in providing spatial information to the brain.
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Think fast! Figure out your brain’s reaction time with this activity.
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Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
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Neurons in the brain and spinal cord cooperate to control complex movements, such as walking or swimming. Studying simple animals helps us understand how motion develops.
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Neurons communicate with muscles in special kinds of connections called neuromuscular junctions. These exchanges help muscles to flex.
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The giant sea slug Apylsia has a simple nervous system that makes them a useful model for neuroscience research. They also have rows of tiny sharp teeth, which cover a tongue-like structure.
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Tossing and turning generally occurs during very brief arousals from sleep during the night.
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From the stands at sports events, we marvel at the actions of athletes. But in fact, each of us in our daily activities performs a host of complex, skilled movements that are just as remarkable.
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Networks of spinal neurons also participate in controlling the alternating action of the legs during normal walking, maintaining posture, and, to a large degree, in all movements.
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