Neurobiology or Neuroscience is not a biological discipline exactly. It is more an interdisciplinary field. This means that neurobiology is focused on the study of the nervous system, but uses techniques of biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, anatomy, molecular biology and others. Neurobiology looks at the brain and the nerve cells that connect to form the brain. Scientists try to figure out how all of the different parts of the brain interact. They also try to observe how the nerves send messages to the brain, such as when a person feels pain. There are many things neurobiologists study:
- Why we feel pain.
- Why we feel emotions and what parts of the brain cause these emotions.
- Can new brain cells form? Up until ten years ago, many scientists believed that the human body could not grow new brain cells or nerve cells. Some scientists now believe our brain can grow new cells. This could be useful for someone that has had an accident or sickness and has lost brain cells.