PSY100H1 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Johann Spurzheim, Spinal Cord, Stretch Reflex

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Epilepsy: debilitating affliction in which seizures uncontrolled storms of electrical activity begin in one part of brain and spread through much of it, causing violent, life- threatening convulsions to whole body. Brain"s most distinguishing capacity: ability to have a sense of consciousness. Brain is patchwork of highly specialized cortex contributed equally to mental abilities areas. first strong evidence supporting this: broca"s area the left frontal region of the brain that is crucial to the production of language. Mind is adaptive: one of four major themes of textbook. Brain"s specialized mechanisms regulate breathing, food intake, sexual behavior, and bodily fluids, sensory systems. Some basic roles have changed little over evolution, e. g. breathing. Thickens into brainstem e. g. stretch reflex basic roles: breathing, swallowing, vomiting, urination, orgasm. Because it is a continuation of spinal cord, performs for head similar to what spinal cord does for rest of body: complement of reflexes analogous to spinal reflexes.

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