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The study of the structure and function of the nervous system and its components.

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why do space persons struggle to walk after they returned from space station?

I remember a scene in my childhood (1990s) a cosmonaut was chaired away from a capsule just landed in Kazakhstan (USSR). He lived in space about 200 days. I guess that he might have lost some ...
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Can GENESIS simulation software be adapted to other types of tissues?

GENESIS simulation software http://genesis-sim.org/ is designed for neurobiological systems and it is able to inculude in the simulation the different resolution levels - starting from the molecular ...
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How many neurons do we have in our forearm?

I am developing a neural interface, getting signals from the forearm and mapping them to hand gestures. The question we have at the moment is what is the upper bound of information bandwidth that we ...
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What cell types comprise the median eminence and the tuber cinereum?

I have tried pretty hard to get a detailed description of what exactly the median eminence and the tuber cinereum are but to no avail. I am very familiar with their anatomical relationships (spatially)...
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How can different ion channels of the same type have different cell responses?

The NMDA receptor is an ion channel and contributes to synaptic plasticity and memory. It is said that calcium ion flux through the receptor is critical for this mechanism. However, there are other ...
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Action potential frequency presynaptic neuron comared with in post-synaptic neuron/ muscle cells

I am a physicist interested in knowing how the action potential frequency in a presynaptic neuron compares with that in a) a post-synaptic neuron and b) membrane depolarisation of muslce cells, ...
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How does acetylcholine (aCh) cause erection?

I have read this article on physiology of erection : Activation of cholinergic receptors on the endothelial cell by acetylcholine or stretching of the endothelial cells as a result of increased ...
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Sound volume drop when falling asleep in an airplane

Note: This question has nothing to do with pressure change. When I'm flying in an aircraft at cruising altitude, the monotonous sound often lulls me to sleep. I've noticed that just as I am on the ...
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Modern Classification of Introspective Psychopharmacological Drug Profiles?

In the effort to better relate neuronal mechanisms to states of mind, it makes sense to have - in addition to pharmacological classifications of drugs and imaging/physiology classifications of their ...
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Electrical field stimulation of neurons: what are commonly used stimulation protocols and which are physiological?

I am doing a labproject with primary mouse nerve cultures (hippocampus and midbrain) and part of the experiments involve performing electrical field stimulation on these neurons. For now we have ...
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“Secondary refractory period” of class 1 neurons?

In Izhikevich's Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience, p. 199, one learns about a class of neurons that can be forced to fire with maximal frequency: Injecting a constant current of appropriate size (...
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Distribution of the number of synapses per neuron

There is a mean number of synapses per neuron in the human brain which is not very well known, but is of order 10,000. (Some say, it's about 6,000, other say it's about 50,000.) What is known about ...
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How many synapses are there in the different target regions of a typical cortical pyramidal cell?

I found the following pictures of axon trees: source source (axons are red) but didn't find a concise answer to the following question: How many (in relative terms) branches terminate and how ...
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How many end segments does the axon of a typical cortical pyramidal cell have?

I tried to do some research - starting with a Google search for "typical axonal trees" - and found the following pictures: source source (axons are red) but didn't find a concise answer to this and ...
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Evolutionary advantages of gyri

Sulci and gyri are complementary views on the very same brain-anatomical phenomenon (Note that there is the named concept of gyrification, but not of sulcification, but it's the very same process.) ...
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Simple model of dendritic processing

[I striked through some passages that might be misleading, resp. where I have been misled.] Is the following - very simplified - model biologically (or physically) plausible, explaining how ...
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Rationale behind different classification of nerve fibres

Two main types of classification of nerve fibres are numerical and Erlanger-Gasser classification, based on diameter and conduction properties. In numerical classification group Ia and Ib both have ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest that exercise reduces the side effects of caffeine?

I heard a friend say: I'm not drinking coffee this week. My body can only process the caffeine if I run at least 15km a week. I found this claim fascinating - that exercise temporarily increases ...
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Is there a lower temperature limit, below which we cannot sense a difference in temperature?

At work I have to handle samples stored at -20 and -70 degrees Celsius, and they don't feel that different to me.
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Factors behind frequency of action potential

I understand that the amplitude of an action potential is not influenced by the strength of the stimulus. I also understand that the perception of the strength of the stimulus depends on the frequency ...
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What is a reflex pathway?

I know that the pathway of nerve impulses during a reflex action is called a reflex arc. However, I want to know whether the term reflex arc can be called either a reflex path or simple reflex?
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Is there any danger in putting a magnet in your ear (next to your brain)

I recently bought some wireless earbuds that fit right in my ear, so they're very small. But the method it uses for charging is magnetic, so it has magnets built into the earbud. I was wondering if ...
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Typical firing patterns of (some) motor neurons

Since it is not so easy to imagine and visualize the behaviour of the muscles in the fingers, hand, and arm of a violinist performing a fast and accentuated trill vs. a slow and soft vibrato, I try to ...
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Why are the neurites from hair cells to spiral ganglion cells called axons?

In Kandel's Principles of Neural Science I found the following figure which shows the innervation of the organ of Corti: From the legend to this figure (30-10, p. 602): "The great majority of ...
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How are neural pathways discovered?

I have seen the spinal cord and it's a white, soft, slippery cylinder that has a small diameter (about 25-30 milimeters). It absolutely doesn't have a macroscopocally reticular texture that would ...
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Neurons competing for survival

I was reading in a book that in the process of neurogenesis - when new neurons are born - neurons compete for survival. Or in other words they have to make themselves useful to the brain otherwise ...
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Do astrocytes connect and chemically communicate with other astrocytes?

I am building a novel model of neural tissue for the purposes of Machine Learning and am currently trying to unpick the functions of the astroglia. The literature suggests that astrocytes ensheath ...

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