The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry
What Is a Neuron?
The human brain is the most complex structure in the known universe. Consisting of close to 100 billion nerve cells (and many times that number of supporting cells), the brain is the center of our thoughts and emotions. It receives and processes information from the world around us, directs our movements and controls automatic functions of our bodies. Amazingly, virtually all functions of the brain and the rest of the nervous system are based on communication among nerve cells, also known as neurons.
- Microscopic image © Baylor College of Medicine\Robert S. McNeil.
- Brain Chemistry Teacher’s Guide © Baylor College of Medicine (ISBN: 978-1-888997-45-3) was supported, in part, by funds from the National Institutes of Health, Science Education Partnership Award grant number R25RR13454, and the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse and NIH Office of the Director, grant number 5R25DA033006.
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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
Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454