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

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…

Electrical and Chemical Synapses What's the difference

Electrical and Chemical Synapses What's the difference

Chemical Synapse Animation.  The Foundry 2015.

Protein involved in Alzheimer’s proven to have a role in weakening synaptic plasticity.

Chemical Synapse Animation. The Foundry 2015.

FREE Toxicology Course on Neurotoxicity, Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System, Cells of the Nervous System

FREE Toxicology Course on Neurotoxicity, Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System, Cells of the Nervous System

Chemical_synapse_schema

Chemical_synapse_schema

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers secreted by neurons that activate an adjacent cell. Neurotransmitters are secreted into a synaptic cleft, rather than into the bloodstream.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers secreted by neurons that activate an adjacent cell. Neurotransmitters are secreted into a synaptic cleft, rather than into the bloodstream.

Figure 5.1. Electrical and chemical synapses differ fundamentally in their transmission mechanisms.

Figure 5.1. Electrical and chemical synapses differ fundamentally in their transmission mechanisms.

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