CogniFit's Science blog: Why Neuroscience Matters

Why Neuroscience Matters

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. It specifically studies the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational and medical part of the nervous system.

Although nothing nearly like the advancements we have in neuroscience today the study of the nervous system dates back to ancient Egypt. Manuscripts date back to the 1700BC that indicated the ancient Egyptians had some idea what brain damage was and were doing different archaic procedures in an attempt to cure it. Although they did not believe the brain was the place intelligence came from they believed it came from the heart.

Neuroscience has been instrumental in giving us more information on things such as strokes, ALS and even psychiatric treatments and procedures. There are many different branches of neuroscience some of the most common ones include behavioral neuroscience, cultural neuroscience, molecular neuroscience, neuroengineering and social neuroscience.

Advances in neuroscience have cleared the path for us to learn more about diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This rapidly emerging brain technology offers a very bright future as well for the thing it will discover in the near and distant future.

Neuroscience also has great potential to be able to understand, diagnose and treat personality and behavioral disorders. As time goes on it will give us even more complex and effective answers to help manipulate mood, memory and perception. Being able to alter these things can make a huge difference in a whole host of mental health issues.

The more we learn in the field of neuroscience the more applications we find for it in disease prevention and treatment. There is a world of possibilities even beyond the uses we are already using or anticipating to put into practice. The more we learn about the complexity of the brain and the nervous system the more control we gain over certain disorders and diseases.

The future in the field of neuroscience is very bright and there is still much to be discovered. For example, neuroscientists have yet to full understand consciousness and learning. As they start to peel the onion back and learn more about each of these domains, the possibilities are endless on the medicines and technologies it will bring.

Neuroscience is essential to our learning as a species, how we work and how we can be improved upon. In addition to the key research neuroscientists do they also spend a lot of their time on awareness and knowledge programs to educate the public about the brain and nervous system.