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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to neuroscience:

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system.[1] It is the branch of biology[2] that deals with the anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology of neurons and neural circuits.


Branches of neuroscienceEdit


Neurophysiology is the study of the function (as opposed to structure) of the nervous system.


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 neuroscienceEdit

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 neuroscienceEdit

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 neuroscienceEdit

Cognitive neuroscience is concerned with the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a focus on the neural substrates of mental processes.

Systems neuroscienceEdit

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 neuroscienceEdit

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 neuroscienceEdit

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.


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.


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.


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.


History of neuroscienceEdit

Nervous systemEdit

Neuroscience organizationsEdit

Persons influential in the field of neuroscienceEdit

Related sciencesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Neuroscience". Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary.
  2. ^ "the definition of neurobiology". Retrieved 2017-06-21.

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