Outline of neuroscience
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to neuroscience:
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the structure and function of the nervous system. It encompasses the branch of biology that deals with the anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology of neurons and neural circuits. It also encompasses cognition, and human behaviour.
Branches of neuroscience
Neurophysiology is the study of the function (as opposed to structure) of the nervous system.
- Brain mapping
- Extracellular recording
- Intracellular recording
- Brain stimulation
Neuroanatomy is the study of the anatomy of nervous tissue and neural structures of the nervous system.
Neuropharmacology is the study of how drugs affect cellular function in the nervous system.
Behavioral neuroscience, also known as biological psychology, biopsychology, or psychobiology, is the application of the principles of biology to the study of mental processes and behavior in human and non-human animals.
Developmental neuroscience aims to describe the cellular basis of brain development and to address the underlying mechanisms. The field draws on both neuroscience and developmental biology to provide insight into the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which complex nervous systems develop.
Cognitive neuroscience is concerned with the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a focus on the neural substrates of mental processes.
Systems neuroscience is a subdiscipline of neuroscience which studies the function of neural circuits and systems. It is an umbrella term, encompassing a number of areas of study concerned with how nerve cells behave when connected together to form neural networks.
Molecular neuroscience is a branch of neuroscience that examines the biology of the nervous system with molecular biology, molecular genetics, protein chemistry and related methodologies.
Computational neuroscience includes both the study of the information processing functions of the nervous system, and the use of digital computers to study the nervous system. It is an interdisciplinary science that links the diverse fields of neuroscience, cognitive science and psychology, electrical engineering, computer science, physics and mathematics.
- Neural network
- Brain–computer interface
- Mathematical neuroscience
- Network Neuroscience
Neurophilosophy or "philosophy of neuroscience" is the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience and philosophy. Work in this field is often separated into two distinct approaches. The first approach attempts to solve problems in philosophy of mind with empirical information from the neurosciences. The second approach attempts to clarify neuroscientific results using the conceptual rigor and methods of philosophy of science.
- Criticism of the scientific status of neuroscience
- Philosophy of mind
- Neuroscience of free will
Neurology is the medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. It deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- Huntington's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Closed head injury
- Level of consciousness
Neuropsychology studies the structure and function of the brain related to psychological processes and behaviors. The term is used most frequently with reference to studies of the effects of brain damage in humans and animals.
- Hemispatial neglect
- Neurobiological effects of physical exercise
History of neuroscience
- Action potential
- Central nervous system (CNS)
- Glial cells
- List of regions in the human brain
- Nervous system
Persons influential in the field of neuroscience
- Cognitive science
- Molecular biology
- Developmental biology
- Neuroscience on In Our Time at the BBC
- Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF)
- Outline of neuroscience at Curlie
- American Society for Neurochemistry
- Neuroscience Online (electronic neuroscience textbook)
- Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
- Neuroscience for Kids
- Neuroscience Discussion Group in ResearchGate
- Neuroscience Discussion Forum
- HHMI Neuroscience lecture series - Making Your Mind: Molecules, Motion, and Memory