About neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of the brain and nervous system in both humans and non-human animals, and in both health and disease.    It is a relatively new field of science, only emerging as a distinct subject in its own right during the 20th century.  However it has grown rapdidly and now covers multiple areas including novel technologies, and research into many brain functions and disorders, as well as applications as diverse as education, artificial intelligence and the law. Weighing about 1.3 kg, the human brain consists of 80 billion individual nerve cells or neurons (as shown in the image) plus a trillion additional cells known as glia.  These are all arranged in a vast network of circuits and sub-circuits via around 1014 points of communication.   The brain is responsible for our thoughts, mood, emotions and intelligence, as well as our physical movement,…


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