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Chapter 4

PS101 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Adult Stem Cell, Tachycardia, Peripheral Nervous System


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PS101
Professor
Lawrence Murphy
Chapter
4

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Chapter 4- the brain: source of mind and self
The central nervous system:
o Central nervous system (CNS) receives, processes, interprets, and stores incoming sensory information (sends
out messages to muscles, glands, organs)
o Peripheral nervous system (PNS)- handles input and output from the CNS (all portions of nervous system
outside brain and spinal cord)
o Spinal cord- bridge between brain and parts o body below neck, spinal nerves protected by spinal column
(enables spinal reflexes)
Peripheral Nervous System
o Contains two subdivisions (messages carried through sensory and motor nerves)
o Somatic nervous system nerves connected to sensory receptors and skeletal muscles
o Autonomic nervous system regulates functioning of blood vessels, glands, internal organs- contains sympathetic
(mobilize- increased heart rate etc.) and parasympathetic (conserve- decreased heart rate etc.) division
Communication in the nervous system
o Nervous system made up of…
Neurons: cells that conduct electrochemical signals; basic unit of nervous system
Glia: cells that support, nurture and insulate neurons, remove debris when neurons die, enhance formation
and maintenance of neural connections, and modify neural function
Structure of the neuron
o Approximately 100 billion neurons in the brain
Dendrites
Branch like fibres that receive information from other neurons and transmit towards cell
body
Cell body
Keeps neuron alive and plays key role in determining whether neuron will “fire
Axon
Extending fibre that conducts impulse away from cell body and transmits to other cells
Branches at end called axon terminals
May be collected in bundles called nerves
Myelin sheath
Many axons insulated by surrounding layer of fatty material
In CNS, this is made up of glial cells
Constrictions in covering nodes divide myelin into segments
Purpose to speed conduction of neural impulses and prevent interference from neighboring
signals
Neutron in the news
o Neurogenesis: production of new neurons from immature stem cells
o Stem cells :
o Immature cells that renew themselves and have potential to develop into mature cells
o Stem cells from early embryos can develop into any cell type
o Stem cell research
o Embryonic stem cells can differentiate into any type of cell; adult stem cells limited
o Use is controversial and surrounded by ethical debates regarding extraction*
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o Most promising in developing treatments fro cancer, blood, organ, and brain disorders (ex. Parkinson’s)
o Canadian researchers have had some success with adult stem cells transforming to brain cells
How neurons communicate
o No direct contact between neurons
o Communicate through synapse- includes axon terminal, synaptic cleft, and receptor sites in membrane of
receiving cell
o Communication occurs through electrical and chemical signals
o Stimulation causes change in charge between inside and outside of cell
o Inflow of sodium ions causes and action potential
o Synaptic vesicles release chemicals called neurotransmitters
o Neurotransmitters bind to receptor sites on receiving neuron and causes changes in cell membrane
o Excitatory changes: voltage shift in positive direction (increases probability of receiving neuron firing)
o Inhibitory changes: a voltage shift in negative direction (decreases probability of receiving neuron firing)
Brain plasticity
o Plasticity:
o Brains ability to change and adapt in response to experience (reorganizing or growing new neural
connections)
o Behavioral deficits that occur as result of brain damage may be lessened by enriching environments
people live in
Chemical messengers
o Neurotransmitters
o Chemical substance that is released by transmitting neuron at synapse and that alters activity of a
receiving neuron
o Neurotransmitters and their different effects:
Serotonin
sleep, appetite, sensry perception, temperature regulation, pain suppression, mood
dopamine
voluntary movement, learning, memory, emotion, pleasure or reward, response to
novelty
acetylcholine
muscle action, cognitive functioning, memory and emotion
norepinephrine
Increased heart rate, slowed intestinal activity during stress, learning, memory,
dreaming, waking, emotion
GABA
Major inhibitory neurotransmitter
Glutamate
Major excitatory neurotransmitter in brain
Endorphins
Chemical substances in nervous sytem that are similar in structure and action to opiates
Involved in pain reduction, pleasure and memory
Technically known as endogenous opioid
Hormones
Chemical substances, secreted by organs called endocrine glands that affect functioning
of other organs
Regulate growth, metabolism, sexual development and behavior etc.
Major hormones:
melatonin- regulate daily biological rhythms, sleep
Oxytocin- childbirth contractions, milk ejection
Adrenal hormones- emotion, stress, epinephrine
Sex hormones- androgens and estrogens
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