Neuroscience is for everybody! Knowing Neurons is a website focused on educating college level students and the general public about the field of neuroscience and the role of biomedical research in advancing medical knowledge.
We publish articles that highlight recent advances in neuroscience and exciting new scientific technologies. Our writers are masters, graduate, and post-doctoral students, who are experts in their field of neuroscience. To keep our articles approachable, we support each article with useful visuals, easy-to-follow illustrations, and infographics.
The goal of Knowing Neurons is to energize and educate young scientists in an exciting and dynamic way, while emphasizing the importance of fundamental research in revealing the inner workings of the mind.
Knowing Neurons's Latest Posts
We often find ourselves in decision-making dilemmas along the day. For instance, to reach work on time, would you rather take the shorter, faster route or the longer, scenic route? In deciding these actions, the brain promptly fits in a reward versus risk equation, but sometimes the outcome isn’t quite favorable! What if there was … Continue reading →
Steiner A.P. (2014). Behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of regret in rat decision-making on a neuroeconomic task, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (7) 995-1002. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3740
Admit it! You’ve taken one of those online quizzes to see if you’re more “right-brained” or “left-brained.” Too bad it’s all bunk! Popular culture would have you believe that creative and artistic people are right-brain dominated, while logical, methodical, and analytical people are left-brain dominated. The fact of the matter is that you … Continue reading →
Bzzzzzz! Splat! Ugh! Anyone who has ever been around a campfire during the summer months is familiar with this progression of noises. Mosquito bites and the resulting welts provide unwelcome souvenirs of time spent outdoors. We all know we shouldn’t scratch. Itch like pain is an aversive stimulus that alerts us to threats to the … Continue reading →
Kardon A., Junichi Hachisuka, Lindsey M. Snyder, Darren Cameron, Sinead Savage, Xiaoyun Cai, Sergei Karnup, Christopher R. Fan, Gregory M. Hemenway & Carcha S. Bernard & (2014). Dynorphin Acts as a Neuromodulator to Inhibit Itch in the Dorsal Horn of the Spinal Cord, Neuron, 82 (3) 573-586. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2014.02.046
“What is color?” What a good question! The answer is a bit tricky, but it starts with light. Color is the visual perception of different wavelengths of light reflecting off objects, which is the subjective experience of something much more omnipresent: the electromagnetic spectrum. Dun, dun, dun! “RAZ! This is supposed to be about neuroscience! … Continue reading →