Brain Anatomy and Function

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Bacterial infections can make their way to the brain, where they can linger undetected.
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Learn about the somatosensory homunculus, which is basically a map of the body in the brain, in this brief, educational video.
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Every day you taste many different things. Have you ever wondered how well you detect different tastes? Find out with this activity!
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Learn more about neuroplasticity with this comprehensive infographic.
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Did you know that an adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 different smells? Learn more about your amazing sense of smell in this video.
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Learn how fruit fly models are studied to better understand traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) with these videos.
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With this informative website, learn more about epilepsy and seizures.
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Humans possess cognitive abilities very different from other creatures, thanks to a number of unusual features of our brains.
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Your brain’s electrical signals travel from node to node in their journey along nerve axons.
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It’s unfair to have Morgan Freeman, with his smooth, deep voice, say it. In the trailer for the upcoming film Lucy, the actor who has played both the President and God addresses an auditorium of students and says, “It is estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brain’s capacity…
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A protein involved in long-term memory formation may hold a clue to understanding Alzheimer’s disease.
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A growing number of studies suggest glial cells play a vital role in brain function, which when disrupted can have severe consequences.
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Stories about evolution are compelling because they fit with our very human need for a linear narrative, but evolution possesses distinctive non-linearities driven by its agent, natural selection.

3D Brain

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