Neurons (or nerve cells) are “electrically excitable cells” that process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals. The brains of all species are composed primarily of two broad classes of cells: neurons and glial cells. The glial cells (neuroglia) are the supporter cells, or the “glue” that holds the neurons together.


Factoids tagged with "Neurons"

There are Only 5 Senses Myth

Humans have more than 5 senses; we have 5 traditional senses, but over 20 senses in total with non-traditional senses counted. Other organisms have a variety of senses too.

Humans Have About 86 Billion Neurons Fact

Studies show the average human has about 86 billion neurons and roughly as many glial cells, however the exact number of neurons and glial cells remains unknown.

Thoughts Can “Rewire” Your Brain Fact

Thoughts and other stimuli can “rewire” our brain by strengthening useful synaptic pathways and weakening less used ones, this is called neuroplasticity (AKA learning and memory).

Humans Only Use a Small Part of Their Brain Myth

Evidence suggests that humans use virtually every part of their brain on a daily basis. Some areas function more than others at any given time, but every part of the human brain has a function.