What I know now about how the brain works. Cognitive science – how the brain works – is quite important to teaching and learning. So why is it that it’s only been in the last three years of my career (which started in 1996) that I’ve learned anything about it?  I am certainly not an expert. My science qualifications go up to GCSE level. You would think that a postgraduate certificate in education would include something on the functioning of the organ that the job is primarily concerned…

What I know now about how the brain works. Cognitive science – how the brain works – is quite important to teaching and learning. So why is it that it’s only been in the last three years of my career (which started in 1996) that I’ve learned anything about it? I am certainly not an expert. My science qualifications go up to GCSE level. You would think that a postgraduate certificate in education would include something on the functioning of the organ that the job is primarily concerned…

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Chemical synapse with close-up of GABA receptor.  Credit:  http://www.3d4medical.com/

Chemical synapse with close-up of GABA receptor. Credit: http://www.3d4medical.com/

Chemical synapse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chemical synapse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chemical synapse. Chemical synapses are specialized junctions through which cells of the nervous system signal to one another and to non-neuronal cells such as muscles or glands.   A chemical synapse between a motor neuron and a muscle cell is called a neuromuscular junction. Chemical synapses allow the neurons of the central nervous system to form interconnected neural circuits.

Chemical synapse. Chemical synapses are specialized junctions through which cells of the nervous system signal to one another and to non-neuronal cells such as muscles or glands. A chemical synapse between a motor neuron and a muscle cell is called a neuromuscular junction. Chemical synapses allow the neurons of the central nervous system to form interconnected neural circuits.

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Memories May Not Live in Neurons’ Synapses | The finding could mean recollections are more enduring than expected and disrupt plans for PTSD treatments [Neuroscience: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/brain/ Neuroscience Books: http://futuristicshop.com/category/neuroscience-books-neurotechnology-books/]

Memories May Not Live in Neurons’ Synapses | The finding could mean recollections are more enduring than expected and disrupt plans for PTSD treatments [Neuroscience: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/brain/ Neuroscience Books: http://futuristicshop.com/category/neuroscience-books-neurotechnology-books/]

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Electrical Synapses Are Critical for Chemical Synapse Function - "New research greatly complicates plans to map the brain... The very significant inhibitory neurons, critical for cognition, are prominent users of electrical synapses. But, even more important is that it now appears that both types of synapses are necessary for the function of either." Gap Junction - Electrical Synapse

Electrical Synapses Are Critical for Chemical Synapse Function - "New research greatly complicates plans to map the brain... The very significant inhibitory neurons, critical for cognition, are prominent users of electrical synapses. But, even more important is that it now appears that both types of synapses are necessary for the function of either." Gap Junction - Electrical Synapse

How Neurons Work Poster/Graphic - Illustrates the structure and function of a neuron, including how it transmits electrical and chemical signals.

How Neurons Work Poster/Graphic - Illustrates the structure and function of a neuron, including how it transmits electrical and chemical signals.

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