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 neuroscience (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ adjective
neuroscientist \ ˌnu̇r-​ō-​ˈsī-​ən-​tist How to pronounce neuroscience (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Abi-Karam, who became immersed in poetry during college while studying neuroscience, said writing and reading poetry can help process deep emotion. Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC News, "12 queer and trans poets to read for National Poetry Month," 30 Apr. 2021 Over the past 15 years neuroscience has dramatically changed our understanding of the structural and functional changes in the brain during adolescence, which runs from around the age of 10 all the way into the mid-20s. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Adolescent Brains Are Wired to Want Status and Respect: That’s an Opportunity for Teachers and Parents," 28 Apr. 2021 Advances in neuroscience have shown that thoughts are the result of a vast network of neurons firing across your nervous system. Washington Post, "Your tech devices want to read your brain. What could go wrong?," 27 Apr. 2021 June Gruber is a psychology and neuroscience professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Jessica L. Borelli, Scientific American, "The Pandemic Doesn't Mean We Have to Choose between Physical and Mental Health," 7 Apr. 2021 As educators work to move schooling forward, academic learning can’t happen in a vacuum, said Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at at the University of Southern California. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "COVID showed the cracks in society. How can we fix them?," 28 Mar. 2021 Before pursuing a career in art, Phingbodhipakkiya majored in neuroscience in college at Columbia University, and says that training guides her approach to making art — in particular, research on how the human brain processes rejection. Time, "The Story Behind TIME's Cover on Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Crimes," 18 Mar. 2021 Singla is a first-year UCLA graduate student in neuroscience currently studying from Punjab, India, a 13.5-hour time difference. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Going to college over Zoom is exhausting. It's worse in a 16-hour time difference: 'I feel like a vampire'," 13 Mar. 2021 Its products are the only baby foods on the market with meaningful amounts of nutrients that science shows babies’ brains need, combining up-to-date early childhood nutrition with developmental neuroscience. Meimei Fox, Forbes, "Cerebelly Makes Healthier Baby Food That Is Free From Heavy Metals," 9 Mar. 2021

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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

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

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