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Explainer: What is neurotransmission?

Nerve cells pass messages from one cell to another via tiny chemicals

neurotransmission

When two nerve cells need to communicate, they can’t just tap each other on the shoulder. These neurons pass information from one end of their “body” to the other as a tiny electrical signal. But one cell doesn’t actually touch another, and the signals can’t jump across the tiny spaces in between. To cross those tiny gaps, called synapses, they rely on chemical messengers. These chemicals are known as neurotransmitters. And their ... Read more »

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Explainer: What is dopamine?

This chemical can help you move, but it can also affect mood, memory and more

What do drug addiction and Parkinson’s disease have in common? Improper levels of dopamine (DOAP-uh-meen). This chemical acts as a messenger between brain cells. Dopamine is important for many of our daily behaviors. It plays a role in ... Read more »

Views: 610 | Added by: Team-scienceclub | Date: 21-Jan-2017 | Comments (0)

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