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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Gray matter is a component of the brain named for the color it appears.
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White matter gets its name from the insulation covering nerve fibers.
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Researchers grew this embryoid body from mouse stem cells in about a week.
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The human brain is neither the largest nor most complex brain in the animal kingdom. So what makes it special?
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The first months and years of life mark the most rapid periods of growth and development for the human brain.
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Getting to the right place so the brain can work properly is the ultimate challenge for any neuron, but motor neurons have it especially tough.
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Brain imaging and computer modeling evidence pinpoints the area of the brain that perceives environmental boundaries — and stops you from running into them.
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These proteins are representative of the boundary between the nervous system and the outside world.
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Teens’ nocturnal lifestyles are more than a personal preference — dramatic hormonal changes during puberty alter the brain circuits that regulate sleep.
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This short video clip shows fetal cerebral cortex development.
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How does your brain switch from walking to running and everything in between?
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Welcome to the crossroads of the optic nerves.
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3D Brain

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