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Chapter 5.6

PSYCH 1XX3 Chapter 5.6: PSYCH 1XX3 - Module 5.6 Notes (The Synapse)
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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 1XX3
Professor
Joe Kim
Semester
Winter

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PSYCH 1XX3 Dr. Kim & Dr. Cadieux Module 5.6 – Neuroscience I (The Synapse) The Synapse  Once an action potential travels along an axon, it reaches a terminal end where it can connect to nearby neurons  This area of connection between the terminal end of neuron A and the receptive zone of neuron B is called the synapse. o Communication between neurons occurs here o Not a direct connection -- instead, special mechanisms exist to transmit signals Neurotransmitters  The presynaptic neuron contains neurotransmitters, a variety of chemicals found within small intracellular containers called vesicles. o As the action potential reaches the terminal ends, some of the vesicles move toward the cell membrane of the presynaptic neuron o The vesicles fuse with the membrane of the presynaptic neuron and burst, spilling neurotransmitter molecules into the extracellular fluid o There are a variety of different neurotransmitters that may be released, depending on the location and type of n
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