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
Our senses connect us to the world. Your visual system lets you know that there is a yellow car ahead of you, and your auditory system lets you know that […]
Tochitsky I., Polosukhina A., Degtyar V., Gallerani N., Smith C., Friedman A., Van Gelder R., Trauner D., Kaufer D. & Kramer R. & (2014). Restoring Visual Function to Blind Mice with a Photoswitch that Exploits Electrophysiological Remodeling of Retinal Ganglion Cells, Neuron, 81 (4) 800-813. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.01.003
Envision this scenario. It’s the end of a grueling hike and you’re racing back to civilization along a trail in the mountains as darkness falls. You’ve become separated from your […]
Merabet L.B., Rizzo J.F., Amedi A., Somers D.C. & Pascual-Leone A. (2005). Opinion: What blindness can tell us about seeing again: merging neuroplasticity and neuroprostheses, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6 (1) 71-77. DOI: 10.1038/nrn1586
Zheng J.J., Li S.J., Zhang X.D., Miao W.Y., Zhang D., Yao H. & Yu X. (2014). Oxytocin mediates early experience–dependent cross-modal plasticity in the sensory cortices, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (3) 391-399. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3634
The adult human brain is comprised of approximately 86 billion neurons on average, with at least as many nonneuronal cells, networked together to create the substance and memories of a […]
Azevedo F.A.C., Carvalho L.R.B., Grinberg L.T., Farfel J.M., Ferretti R.E.L., Leite R.E.P., Filho W.J., Lent R. & Herculano-Houzel S. (2009). Equal numbers of neuronal and nonneuronal cells make the human brain an isometrically scaled-up primate brain, The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 513 (5) 532-541. DOI: 10.1002/cne.21974
The innumerable ways in which our parents contribute to our physical and mental identities are as complex as they are fascinating. From the genetic information they share with us to […]
Dias B.G. & Ressler K.J. (2013). Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (1) 89-96. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3594
The recent unveiling of the BRAIN Initiative promised a greater understanding of cognition through improved imaging techniques. However, the biggest problem in neuroscience is not the limits of technology, but […]
Poldrack R. (2006). Can cognitive processes be inferred from neuroimaging data?, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10 (2) 59-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2005.12.004