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Introduction to the brain

Watch this video introduction to brain and its basic functioning, created by the Università di Torino and presented by Igor Piumetti.

What are the basic characteristics of the brain? What is a neuron?

In this video, we start exploring the brain and its basic characteristics – its macroanatomy, such as the subdivision in grey and white matter, the cerebrospinal fluid and the blood-brain barrier.

This description will continue in the next two steps of this activity. By the time you will reach your first quiz, we will have covered some basic aspects that will help you understand some notions discussed in the rest of the course.

What we would like you to do

Please share your thoughts on the following questions:

  • Did you know all the brain functions?
  • Did you know that homeostasis is crucial for the functioning of the brain?
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