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What are the different areas of neuroscience?

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There are many different branches of neuroscience, each focusing on specific topics. Some areas of neuroscience include:

  • Developmental neuroscience describes how the brain grows and changes.
  • Cognitive neuroscience involves studying how the brain creates and controls thought, language, problem solving, and memory.
  • Molecular and cellular neuroscience explores the genes, proteins, and other molecules involved in the functioning of neurons.
  • Behavioral neuroscience examines the brain areas and processes underlying the behavior of animals and humans.
  • Clinical neuroscience is the area of study in which medical specialists such as neurologists and psychiatrists use basic neuroscience research findings to explore how to treat and prevent neurological disorders and to rehabilitate patients whose nervous system has been damaged or injured.

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 09/27/2013