Why should scientists study neuroscience?

Neuroscientists study normal nervous system development and function, as well as disorders and diseases that cause abnormal nervous system development and function. Understanding how a healthy nervous system works to produce thought, emotion, and behavior and to regulate important body functions helps to shed light on problems that can lead to diseases or disorders of the nervous system.

In addition to studies of the normal processes of the nervous system, neuroscience includes studies of diseases and disorders. More than 1,000 disorders of the brain and nervous system exist, including:

Understanding how to prevent and treat these disorders and diseases is crucial for maintaining the overall health and well-being of all people. 1

  1. Society for Neuroscience. (2013). What is Neuroscience? Retrieved May 1, 2013, from http://www.sfn.org/about/about-neuroscience External Web Site Policy

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