Neuroscience is the study of the brain and nervous system in health and disease.  Neuroscience combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology and psychology and is directed at understanding the fundamental properties of neurons and neural circuits. The central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) work together to coordinate basic functions such as moving and breathing, as well as higher order functions such as thought, speech and emotion. 

Further reading

Kandel et al (2000) The Emergence of Modern Neuroscience: Some Implications for Neurology and Psychiatry Annual Rev. Neuroscience 23 343

Watkins and Jane (2006)  The glutamate story Br. J. Pharmacol. 147 (Suppl 1) S100 doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0706444

Zohar et al (2015) A review of the current nomenclature for psychotropic agents and an introduction to the Neuroscience-based Nomenclature, European Neuropsychopharmacology 25(12) 2318

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