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Web-like structures surround brain cells helping keep brain activity in check.
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“He slimed me!” Venkman spits out in disgust, writhing in sticky ectoplasm in a memorable scene from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters.
Certain areas of the brain can grow new cells throughout life.
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Cochlear implants have restored hearing to thousands of deaf people, but what about when deafness is caused by a damaged cochlea or nonfunctional auditory nerve? A possible solution is to bypass the cochlea and stimulate the brain directly.
Demonstrate how an action potential travels down a neuron with this hands-on activity.
  • University of Utah
This easy-to-follow animation shows what happens during the process of neurotransmission.
  • Illinois State University
Watch this short video as an introduction into the wonderful world of neuroscience.
  • Neuroscience 101
Use this fun hands on activity to help students see how the process of neurotransmission works in our brains.
  • PBS
Some neurons help regulate brain activity by turning other neurons off.
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When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain are engaged. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-brain workout.
  • TED
  • 5 min
Hundreds of varieties of neurons come together to perform the functions of the nervous system.
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When neural circuits fail to assemble properly during development, disorders like autism and schizophrenia can result.
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