Identifying Neurons

Many resources can be found on the internet to assist you in identifying neurons. Several are on this website:

Visualizing Synapses is a 1 minute 14 second animation of a climbing fiber axon forming synapses on a Purkinje cell and its dendrites.

Visualizing Neurons features an image of a Cultured Hippocampal Pyramidal Neuron expressing GFP courtesy of Dr. Dezhi Liao.

Bead Neuron is a fun hands-on activity where students learn about neuron morphology while building a model neuron out of beads.

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Presents: The Synapse is a short 3D stop motion claymation animation of the basics of synaptic function. It is part of an online course offered by HarvardX and Harvard University, taught by Professor David Cox, and is intended to give the public a quick and accurate understanding of the neuronal synapse.

NeuroMorpho.Org imageAn exciting website called NeuroMorpho.Org offers detailed measurements and 3D digital reconstructions of over 6600 neurons contributed by scientists from over 50 laboratories worldwide.

Shown at right is a half-size sample animation from their site. The neuron shown is from the cerebral cortex of a Rhesus Monkey.

NeuroMorpho.Org is a free resource, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. A BrainU lesson on searching NeuroMorpho.Org is available here.