Children's Hospital Boston has made learning about the building blocks of our brains—neurons—easy and fun. Play and learn with their interactive virtual neuron. At the site, we are told
This interactive feature lets you experiment with a virtual neuron to see what conditions are needed to make it fire, and it lets you experiment with a circuit of interconnected neurons (neuron circuit) to see how neurons work together to process information. The feature also provides step-through animations that illustrate how electrical currents move down the neuron along the axon (action potential) and how signals are passed on from one neuron to another (synaptic transmission).
What's a neuron? The introduction tells us
The neuron is the basic unit of information processing and the building block of the brain. It is an excitable cell that receives some sort of stimuli—often signals from other neurons—and responds by either sending the signal on, or not.
You may click on Fire!, Transmission, Inputs and Outputs, and Neural Circuit to watch the virtual neuron in action. Playing with the neuron is not only fun but the sound effects are great. Click over to enjoy yourself while learning about the very important neuron.