neu·​ro·​sci·​ence ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce neuroscience (audio)
: a branch (such as neurophysiology) of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially with their relation to behavior and learning
neuroscientific adjective
neuroscientist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My colleague and coauthor Michelle Anne’s study of neuroscience and Eastern philosophy offers a genuine understanding of what gets in the way of making change. Dr. Kimberly Jarvis, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Takahashi, who is chair of the department of neuroscience at UT Southwestern and an investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, identified the first gene known to control circadian clocks in mammals in 1997 with his lab. Dallas News, 7 July 2022 Drawing on extensive research into the neuroscience of sleep, the playlist lasts roughly 8 hours or until the listener awakens, and is available on Amazon Music. Jem Aswad, Variety, 21 Feb. 2023 More than 2,000 people have already taken Ricardo's online experience, which provides you with the tools to make a perfect cup of coffee—and learn about the neuroscience behind our concepts of flavor, too. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Nov. 2022 And in real life, people sometimes use scientific methods to investigate otherworldly phenomena—like the community, including some respected physicians, studying the neuroscience of near-death experiences to prove that an afterlife exists. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Taken together, this research contributes towards a greater understanding of the neuroscience of conversations — a novel and flourishing area of research — that teaches us how our brains communicate and responds to our environments. Nicklas Balboa, Discover Magazine, 9 Aug. 2021 Having won a penalty shootout 11-10, the manager praised the work the club was doing with German neuroscience company neuro11 in getting players in the right headspace for spot kicks. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Right now, big academic centers, big neurosurgery, neuroscience centers are able to get micro catheters into the brain. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neuroscience was in 1963

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“Neuroscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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neu·​ro·​sci·​ence ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce neuroscience (audio)
: a branch (as neurophysiology) of science that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially their relation to behavior and learning
neuroscientific adjective

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