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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Snap! Crackle! Pop! Those are the sounds that Professors David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel heard in the early 1950s when they recorded from neurons in the visual cortex of a cat, as they moved a bright line across its retina. During their recordings, they noticed a few interesting things: (1) the neurons fired only when … Continue reading →
When we see the world, there is a huge amount of processing that occurs in the neural circuits of the retina, thalamus, and cortex before we can even begin to comprehend our environment. And all of this computation happens very quickly! In this interview with Dr. Botond Roska, Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher … Continue reading →
Take your wildest guess. How many neurons make up the human brain? You’re not guessing wild enough if you said anything less than a trillion. The circuitry of the human brain consists of a quadrillion (1015) synapses. These neural circuits aren’t necessarily hard-wired and have the capacity to be re-wired in response to experience. In … Continue reading →
It is an exciting time for neuroscience. The BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) is in the spotlight as a part of the new Presidential focus and recently received $46 million in funding grants towards its early efforts. Aimed at revolutionizing neuroscience, the BRAIN Initiative sets out to explore the fascinating underpinnings of … Continue reading →
This is an exciting time for neuroscience! The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was just awarded to three neuroscientists “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.” John O’Keefe is best known for his work on place cells in the hippocampus, and May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser study grid cells in … Continue reading →
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