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
Stem cells have two characteristic and essential properties: Self-renewal. They can divide to give rise to another stem cell. Potency. They are capable of differentiating into specialized cells. Totipotent cells are stem cells that are capable of differentiating into all cell types in the entire organism. Pluripotent cells are descendant of totipotent cells, and are … Continue reading →
In early 2014, the American free-solo rock climber Alex Honnold climbed 2,500 feet of limestone without ropes. The demanding route called El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico required 3 hours of intense concentration and precise movements. One wrong move and the young climber would have fallen thousands of feet with catastrophic consequences. In … Continue reading →
Fink A.J.P., Z. Josh Huang, L. F. Abbott, Thomas M. Jessell & Eiman Azim (2014). Presynaptic inhibition of spinal sensory feedback ensures smooth movement, Nature, 509 (7498) 43-48. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13276
There’s always one person snoring through the talk you’re trying to listen to at SfN. That person might even be you at some point during this meeting! Whether you are sleepy because of the time change, or because you finished your poster at 3AM, or because you were up late catching up with friends and … Continue reading →
Liu S., Qili Liu, Masashi Tabuchi, Yong Yang, Melissa Fowler, Rajnish Bharadwaj, Julia Zhang, Joseph Bedont, Seth Blackshaw & Thomas E. Lloyd & (2014). WIDE AWAKE Mediates the Circadian Timing of Sleep Onset, Neuron, 82 (1) 151-166. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2014.01.040
Unlike the sense of vision, which is perceived only by light-sensitive photoreceptors in our eyes, the mechanoreceptors that respond to light touch are located in sensory neurons all over the body. Our sense of touch starts in the skin, where sensory neurons with elaborate dendrites just below the skin’s surface provide dense coverage over the … Continue reading →
If you think about it, the surface of the human body, the skin, is actually one huge sheet of tactile receptors. The dozens of types of receptors that innervate the skin help us connect with our surroundings. But the properties of these neurons – how they are organized in the skin, where the project into … Continue reading →