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Associative: there are about 5,000 words in this library, but they are all connected, like neurons. They are connected with similar words on a learning page, the learning pages with other learning pages, and those with the library's key concept pages. Associations include anatomy, chemistry, communication, development, disorders, treatments, research and specialty areas. Navigating the site via the images will build associated connections.

Elaborative: words are defined via the published language of experts in the key fields of neuroscience, psychology, and biology. Expert language however, often uses other unfamiliar words. These come from the supporting fields of genetics, medicine, education, communication, philosophy, and instructional design. Therefore, those words are also included in the library. Multiple authors are used are often used for clarification.

Repetitive: our site was built to help students and others with intellectual curiosity learn about the sciences needed to understand the brain. A "word" in double quotes means it is defined elsewhere on this site. Double-quoted words also appear in the comprehensive lndex, and Search boxes can be used to help find them. However, like the 'old-school' potato chip commercial, anyone can learn a single science word, but no one can learn just one.

To find a word, click an image, try the Index, use the Search boxes, or click on one of the Top 10 Key Concepts below.

Integrated sciences of the brain - TOP 10 Key Concepts

A key principle of neuronal architecture is that nearby neurons “encode” similar information. Neurons that need to be connected for functional reasons are normally found next to each other.
— Christof Koch, The Quest for Consciousness