Neurons are specialized cells in the nervous system that transmit information throughout the body. They play a critical role in various cognitive, emotional, and physiological processes in humans. Neurological research and therapy are aimed at understanding the structure, function, and disorders of the nervous system, particularly the brain. One of the primary objectives of neurological research is to uncover the mechanisms of neurotransmission, which is the process by which neurons communicate with each other. Studies show that neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate play a crucial role in regulating various mental processes, including cognition, emotion, and motivation. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia have been linked to imbalances in these chemical messengers, and therapy for these conditions often involves restoring the natural balance of neurotransmitters. Another area of neurological research and therapy is the study of brain plasticity. Plasticity refers to the brain's ability to adapt and change in response to new experiences and information. Scientists are actively exploring how plasticity can be harnessed to improve cognition and treat neurological disorders. For instance, research shows that brain training exercises can improve working memory and attention in both healthy individuals and those with cognitive impairment. Neurological research and therapy have led to significant advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's disease. As our understanding of the human brain continues to grow, we can expect more effective and targeted therapies to emerge, offering new hope for those struggling with neurological conditions.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.