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The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry

The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry

Did you ever wonder why you can respond so quickly when you are startled? Wonder why you can “see” a picture in your mind’s eye? Wonder why you can remember facts, events and skills that you learned or experienced a long time ago? Your brain and nervous system makes these and many more things possible by controlling virtually all functions of the body by transmitting neurotransmitters via specialized cells, called neurons.

This slide set originally was created for use with the Brain Chemistry Teacher's Guide, but may be used as a set or as individual teaching slides according to instructional needs.

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Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Tadzia GrandPré, PhD
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The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry

The Brain and Spinal Cord

Internal Brain Structure

The Human Nervous System

Normal Brain Development

What Is a Neuron?

Purkinje Neurons

Pyramidal Neurons

Typical Structure of Neurons

Neuron Firing

Neuron Circuits

Build a Circuit

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Funded by the following grant(s)

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and NIH Office of the Director

The Learning Brain: Interactive Inquiry for Teachers and Students
Grant Number: 5R25DA033006


Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454

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