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Brain cells firing.

Word of the Day: Polyneuropathy

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2011

According to NIDA’s glossary, polyneuropathy is a “permanent change or malfunction of nerves.” “Poly” means “many,” so multiple nerves throughout the body such as in the arms, legs, hands, and feet are affected. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Brain Reward System

Sara Bellum
April 01, 2011

A reward is a great way to encourage someone to do something. For example, if you offer a $300 reward to find your lost dog, people may be more likely to look for and return him or her. Read More »

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Various crazy, cartoon faces.

Word of the Day: Limbic System

Sara Bellum
March 15, 2011

NIDA’s Glossary defines the limbic system as “a set of brain structures that generates our feelings, emotions, and motivations. It is also important in learning and memory.” Read More »

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brain scans

It’s Classic!

Sara Bellum
September 28, 2010

“This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” Read More »

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Picture of an axon

Word of the Day: Axon

Sara Bellum
August 03, 2010

You may remember hearing something about neurons in biology, but what about today’s word of the day: axon? Read More »

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