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What is neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and the networks of sensory and motor nerve cells, and the networks of sensory nerve cells, or neurons, throughout the body. The neurosciences aim to understand how the nervous system works to produce and regulate emotion, thought, behavior, and critical bodily functions.

Neuroscientists study the nervous system on many different levels: they examine molecules, nerve cells, nerve networks, brain structures, brain systems, and behavior. These scientists study normal nervous system development and function as well disorders and diseases that cause abnormal nervous system development and function.1


  1. Society for Neuroscience. (2013). What is Neuroscience? Retrieved May 1, 2013, from http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=whatIsNeuroscienceExternal Web Site Policy [top]

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