neu·​ro·​sci·​ence | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce neuroscience (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-\

Definition of neuroscience

: 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

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neuroscientific \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈti-​fik How to pronounce neuroscientific (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective
neuroscientist \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈsī-​ən-​tist How to pronounce neuroscientist (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

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Research in neuroscience supports that idea, with one recent paper suggesting an upper bound to auditory processing of 9 syllables per second in U.S. English. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second," 4 Sep. 2019 The process was developed by Dr. Howard Gendelman, chair of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the study’s other lead author. Alice Park, Time, "For the First Time, Researchers Eliminated HIV From the Genomes of Living Animals," 2 July 2019 Diane Kelly, a senior research fellow in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who was not involved in this research, echoed Heinen-Kay’s view. Quanta Magazine, "Why Evolution Reversed These Insects’ Sex Organs," 30 Jan. 2019 How can these conflicts be overcome—and may recent findings in cognitive neuroscience play a role? K.n.c., The Economist, "Societies are tearing apart, but they can be brought together," 14 Aug. 2019 Among the estimated 35,000 people in attendance this year were school principals, neuroscience lab workers, postal carriers and college sweethearts. Currie Engel, Time, "Why a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became a Fourth of July Tradition for So Many Americans," 6 July 2019 Late-stage drug programs built on familiar targets produce headline-making failures with high frequency, leading global pharmaceutical companies to step away from neuroscience research altogether. Amar Dhand, STAT, "It’s time to find new targets for brain diseases instead of just pursuing old ones," 26 June 2019 Hakwan Lau, a psychologist who studies behavioral neuroscience at the University of California at Los Angeles, is not convinced IIT is even a truly scientific theory. Quanta Magazine, "Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas," 6 Mar. 2019 The audience applauded when Crystal Watkins Johansson revealed she was being promoted to associate professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and head of the new Sheppard Pratt Memory Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "A vaunted program for boosting the diversity of U.S. academic scientists is starting to spread," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of neuroscience

1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of neuroscience

: the scientific study of nerves and especially of how nerves affect learning and behavior


neu·​ro·​sci·​ence | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce neuroscience (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuroscience

: 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

Other Words from neuroscience

neuroscientific \ -​ˌsī-​ən-​ˈtif-​ik How to pronounce neuroscientific (audio) \ adjective

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