Brain Anatomy and Function

Image of neurons in synapse locations
Bacterial infections can make their way to the brain, where they can linger undetected.
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Chemical reactions within brain cells translate the neurotransmitter message for the neuron.
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Molecules that are important in brain development may help treat or prevent brain injuries and disorders.
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The cerebrum, the largest part of the human brain, is associated with higher order functioning, including the control of voluntary behavior. Thinking, perceiving, planning, and understanding language all lie within the cerebrum’s control.
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The two halves of the nervous system work together in order for your body to properly communicate its sensations and needs.
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Cells within the nervous system, called neurons, communicate with each other in unique ways. The neuron is the basic working unit of the brain.
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Whether cancerous or not, brain tumors are serious because they can interfere with normal brain function.
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Explore the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center in Belmont, Mass., which houses more than 6,000 samples and specimens.
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This website offers a collection of PowerPoint presentations (with scripts) designed for teaching students (pre-primary to higher primary) about the brain and the nervous system.
  • John Hopkins University
In this lesson, students learn some key brain structures and the functions they preform.
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This online book introduces neuroscience chapter by chapter. Available online and in several languages, the book covers basic topics such as neurons, chemical neurotransmission, and vision, as well as the immune system, dyslexia, stress, and neuroethics.
  • International Brain Research Organization
Information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
A video shows how scientists are making a blueprint of the brain to develop adaptive robots.
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3D Brain

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