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August 17, 2017

Behavioral conditioning is a type of learning by which an organism can be trained to produce a predictable response as a result of reinforcement.  Organisms from the primitive roundworm c. elegans to complex organisms such as humans can all learn stimulus-response asso...

June 29, 2017

How do brain cells communicate?

The average adult human brain is made up of about 100 billion brain cells!  Brain cells, which are also called neurons, communicate via the conduction of electrical currents called action potentials.  An action potential is an electrical...

June 22, 2017

What is genetics?

The history of genetics began with the work of the Augustinian friar Gregor Mendel.  Mendel’s research on the characteristics of pea plants, which was published in 1866, described how genetic inheritance works.  Through Mendel’s research, we have learn...

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