Knowing Neurons

About Knowing Neurons

A creative neuroscience education and outreach website

Knowing Neurons is an award-winning neuroscience website, run entirely by a volunteer team of young neuroscientists. We strive to make neuroscience accessible to anyone interested in learning about the brain, through written articles, videos, infographics, podcasts, and more.

We love the art of creation.

Our passion is sharing exciting stories about the brain and mind. To do this, we use various modes of creative communication to tell our stories simply and effectively. However, it's our custom-made visuals, from scientific diagrams and illustrations to science art pieces, that are the cornerstone of our mission.

"You’re a neuroscientist? That’s cool! So what do you do?"

Soon after starting grad school, we realized that answering this question is not that easy. The jargon-filled answer we might give to a fellow neuroscience graduate student is not suitable when speaking to a parent or a friend who is not a specialist in that field. As scientists, we feel we have a responsibility to communicate our work to all audiences in a way that is accurate but not dry, easy to understand but not oversimplified, and exciting but not exaggerated.


In 2012 we began Knowing Neurons with two goals in mind:

1. To provide a platform for young neuroscientists to practice communicating their scientific research and ideas to a general public.

2. To provide accurate and engaging educational content for anyone to explore about the fascinating world of the brain and mind.

We publish articles that highlight recent advances in neuroscience and exciting new scientific technologies. We interview top neuroscientists in their field and review interesting books about the brain. To keep our articles approachable, we support all our content with useful visuals, easy-to-follow illustrations, and infographics, which teachers from all over the world use in their classrooms!


In 2016 we won the Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award!

This award recognizes SfN chapter members who have made outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience. We were honored to be recognized for our efforts!

As of January 2020, our website has also been listed as #3 on Feedspot's Top 100 Neuroscience Blogs.

The Team

A worldwide group of dedicated creators and science communicators work together to prepare all content on the site.

Guest Contributors

Undergraduate, masters, graduate, and post-doctoral students work with the core team to create quality educational content.

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Disclaimer: All information found on the Knowing Neurons website is intended for educational and informational purposes only. Any scientific and medical information found in Knowing Neurons content (including but not limited to articles, videos, and illustrations) should not be interpreted as medical advice – and as such, they should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Links provided in Knowing Neurons content are only intended as resources for convenient research, and as such, Knowing Neurons is not responsible for these links nor the content they encompass.

Third Party Content: Knowing Neurons partners with various educational affiliates to provide a wide range of educational content for our combined audiences. Knowing Neurons is not responsible or liable in any way for Third Party Content or the use of the information provided in Third Party Content. Additionally, Knowing Neurons does not assume the responsibility to update or review Third Party Content that is shared on our website. Third Party Content also does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Knowing Neurons.