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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Neurotransmitters–A Primer - Dana Foundation

Neurotransmitters–A Primer - Dana Foundation | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"The brain contains billions and billions of neurons. These cells communicate with one another by releasing small endogenous chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, into the synapse, where they are then taken up by specific receptors on neighboring cells. There are many types of neurotransmitters in the brain—what they have in common is that they are produced inside a neuron, released into the synapse, and then cause an excitatory or inhibitory effect on receptor cells, helping to propagate or downgrade action potentials."

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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:29 AM
Yes, I use this illustration to demonstrate how drugs such as SSRIs work. I find it all fascinaing, Audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk
Artesian Wellness & Recovery's curator insight, May 15, 2014 2:41 PM

A brief yet clear description on neurotransmitters and the role they play.

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What Alcohol Really Does to Your Brain - Forbes

What Alcohol Really Does to Your Brain - Forbes | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"We hear many different things about how alcohol affects the brain and body, most notably that it is a depressant. That’s only part of the story. Alcohol is a depressant, but it’s also a sort of indirect stimulant, and plays a few other roles that might surprise you."

 

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