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Discover the animal models that help us learn about different parts of the human brain.
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Basic neuroscience research in animal models is essential to understanding brain function and the thousands of brain diseases and disorders that affect both humans and animals. Treatments for stroke, depression, and drug addiction are just a few examples of developments made by this research. Learn more.

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Researchers are studying what happens in the brains of people and other animals when laughing to gain deeper insight into human behavior and its evolution.
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Beginning on October 1, researchers seeking NIH grants must balance male and female cells and animals in their NIH funded research.
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Fish, frogs, and birds are able to recover from damage to cells in the inner ear that cause permanent hearing loss in people. What makes them different?
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Research using ferrets is providing a window into brain development that could lead to insights into conditions from autism to brain injury.
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Scientists study fruit bats to figure out how our brains create mental maps.
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Your oldest memories are etched into your brain thanks to tiny structures in your neurons.
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A researcher explains how her undergraduate experience inspired a career studying spinal cord injury.
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Mitochondria might provide more than energy to nerve cells — they may be important in brain signaling as well.
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The brain links smells and sensations to create lasting memories.
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Brainy mollusks are enhancing our understanding of injury in the animal kingdom.
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Taking cues from Carl Zimmer, let’s examine the Neuroscience from the great whaling novel, written in 1851, about 50 years age before the dawn of modern Neuroscience.
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This tiny pond snail is teaching researchers about the changes that take place in the brain when long-term memories form.
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3D Brain

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