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Neurotransmission

The process of information transfer described in the previous video step illustrated the basic principles of neurotransmission. However, our current understanding of how neurotransmission occurs, although almost certainly incomplete, suggests …

The synapse

An introduction to the synapse, the structure that allows for communication between neurones.

How Do Neurons Communicate?

Cells can be considered as the fundamental unit of life because they are, to some extent, self-sufficient. That is to say that cells, whether they be in your liver or …

Introduction to Week 2

This week we will be building on the factual information that you picked up last week about neurones and how they are organised in the brain. Before we can understand …

Further resources

This is by no means compulsory reading, but is intended to show you just a small range of the wider material that is available, related to the study of the …

How to study on this course

We all might like to know why we think, act or feel like we do; it may be the reason you have enrolled onto the Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics …

Brain Structure and Function Relationship

The human brain contains a large number of neurones and they appear to be organised within the brain so that, for example, cell bodies are grouped together. But how do …

Neurone arrangement – 2

This video highlights the “folded” appearance of the brain’s surface and how it has come to be organised in this way. In February 2016, a group of Harvard scientists built …

How are Neurones Arranged?

As the number of neurones in the brain is huge, it should come as no surprise that they are not randomly located but will need to be very well organised. …

How Many Neurons in the Human Brain?

How many neurons are there in the human brain? A very simple question which is, in fact, very difficult to answer! A Galaxy of Neurons If you consider the size …

The classical neurone

An introduction to the basic characteristics of an average neurone that we might find in the peripheral nervous system. We will cover their differences from and similarities to other cell …

The Structure of the Brain

Neurones and Glia Like all organs and tissues in the human body, the brain is made up of individual units known as cells; a fact not universally accepted until about …

What does the brain look like?

This video introduces the external features of the brain and the concept of lobes. If you’re interested, you can find a more detailed 3D model of the brain here: Genes …

Why do we have a nervous system?

The term “the nervous system” is likely to be something you are very familiar with. But have you stopped to think about what this actually means and why we have …