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Title: Nervous System: An Introduction

Nervous System An Introduction
  • HAP
  • Ms. S. Chabot

Function of the Nervous System
  • 3 overlapping functions
  • Monitors changes inside and outside of the body
    these changes are called STIMULI.
  • Processes and interprets changing stimuli to
    decide INTEGRATION.
  • Effects a response via activating effectors
    (muscles or glands) MOTOR OUTPUT.

Function of the Nervous System
  • Receptor to collect external/internal stimuli.
  • 5 senses
  • Temperature control centers
  • Hunger/thirst
  • Control Center to integrate the
  • collected information.
  • Brain
  • Spinal cord
  • Effector to relay information
  • to specific organs to initiate
  • a response.
  • Muscles
  • glands

Working Together
  • The Nervous System works with the Endocrine
    System to provide electrical and chemical control
    of ALL body processes.

Structural Organization
Functional Organization
Autonomic Continuum
Rest or Digest
Fight or Flight
Divisions of the Nervous System
  • Central Nervous System (CNS)
  • Includes brain and spinal cord.
  • Processes information collected by receptors.
  • Acts as control center for integration and
  • Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)
  • All neurons outside of the CNS.
  • Receptors for collection of information.
  • Includes
  • the special
  • senses.

Cells of the Nervous System
  • 2 categories
  • Neurons transmit electrical impulses
  • Sensory neurons receptors
  • Integration neurons integrate/think
  • Motor neurons effect a change through muscles
    and/or glands
  • Neuroglia Nerve glue
  • Protect, insulate, and support delicate neurons

Cells of the Nervous System
  • Neuroglia Nerve Glue
  • Astrocytes
  • Star-shaped cell that provides a scaffold to hold
    neurons in specific locations.
  • Microglial cells
  • Small white blood cells that destroy pathogens
    and cell debris.
  • Ependymal Cells
  • Produces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Insulates neurons for speedy transmission of
    electrical impulses similar to insulation for
    electrical wires.

Cells of the Nervous System
  • Neurons/Nerves
  • 3 main parts
  • Dendrite receives info from neighboring
  • Cell body living portion of the
    neuroncontains the nucleus and organelles.
  • Axon sends info to neighboring neurons.

Cells of the Nervous System
  • Synapse
  • Space in between neighboring neurons.
  • Contains neurotransmitters chemicals that are
    released to control info/activity in brain.
  • Types of Synapses
  • Neuron-to-NeuronFound throughout Nervous System
  • Neuron-to-MuscleNeuromuscular
  • Neuron-to-GlandNeuroglandular

Bipolar Unipolar
Multipolar Anaxonic 2 extensions
1 continuous Many dendrites Cannot
tellon opposite ends extension
and single axon difference of cell
body between axon and
dendrites Found in Found in
Most numerous Found in brain Special
senses special senses in the
brain for for forming close to brain
far from brain networking
The Brain
Divisions of the Brain
  • Cerebral Cortex high order processes speech,
    language, cognition.
  • Cerebellum responsible for the coordination of
    muscle activity.
  • Pons relays sensory info from the cerebellum to
    the cerebral cortex.
  • Medulla oblongata the primitive brain
    controls heart rate, respirations, hunger,
  • Diencephalon important in the integration of the
    nervous and endocrine system/temperature control

Protection of the CNS
  • Meninges connective tissue outer protection
    covering of the brain.
  • Dura mater
  • Pia mater
  • Arachnoid mater
  • CSF Cerebralspinal fluid a waery substance that
    bathes the brain and cushions from trauma.
  • Blood-brain barrier a tight network of capillary
    beds that act as a filter to keep substances from
    entering the circulation of the brain and spinal

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