Neuroscience Discovery

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Learn about the research behind medical advances in brain science at Neuroscience Discovery.

Covering topics like Learning & Memory, Mood and Brain Development, this exhibit allows guests to listen to Vanderbilt Neuroscience Faculty tell them about advances in brain research, from the molecules that are critical in healthy brain functioning to pioneering new treatments.

The companion display, Neuroscience History, reflects on man unraveling the mysteries of the brain, from pre-historic brain surgery techniques to current, cutting edge research. Fascinating case studies are also reviewed, like that of Phineas Gage, the railroad worker who suffered a devastating brain injury when his tamping rod was blown through his skull in a blasting accident. Studies like this allow scientists to better understand how the brain functions and inspires new directions in research and technology.