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.
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Pictures are powerful tools for illustrating quantitative data and capturing public interest. Each year, NASA releases many beautiful images of Martian dunes and distant nebulae which help win public funding. Likewise, when it comes to grabbing headlines and commanding public attention, noninvasive studies of functional brain activity often do best when they beautifully illustrate said … Continue reading →
We are another year older, perhaps a little wiser, and probably more forgetful. Indeed, making memories is quite a process in the brain: specific synaptic connections are strengthened and new proteins are synthesized. But as we age, the synapses that make up our memories, such as those in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, start to … Continue reading →
Pereira A.C., Yael S. Grossman, Dani Dumitriu, Rachel Waldman, Sophia K. Jannetty, Katina Calakos, William G. Janssen, Bruce S. McEwen & John H. Morrison (2014). Glutamatergic regulation prevents hippocampal-dependent age-related cognitive decline through dendritic spine clustering, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (52) 18733-18738. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1421285111