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In order to fully understand the interface methods of neuroprosthetics and brain-machine interfacing, increasingly used to interface with VR systems, a basic grounding of the wetware components of the brain might be beneficial.

Dendrites spawn from the cell body of a neuron. Sometimes they can be all but impossible to tell from the axon, but they serve a very different purpose. Any given nerve cell body may spout thousands, or millions of dendrites, all of whom are short, thin protrusions, feeling out for an axon end.

When an axon end from another cell nears a dendrite, a synapse is formed, and electrochemical information is passed into the dendrite from the axon, for the dendrite to pass back to the main cell body for processing.

See Also: Axon tip, Synapse, Neuron

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