Understanding the Physiology of the Nervous System
This learning program is designed to introduce you to the physiology of the nervous system. The program begins with an overview of the function of the nervous system, in particular that of the brain, spinal cord, and autonomic nervous system (ANS). You will then learn about the electrophysiology of the nervous system and how neurons use their electrical properties to transmit information from one cell to another. You will also learn about the various neurotransmitters secreted by neurons and how they are involved in signal transmission.
Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to::
- Explain the function of the nervous system.
- Describe the physiological basis of neural communication.
- Identify the different classes of neurotransmitters.
- Differentiate the signaling pathways in neural communication.
- Popup: Cerebrum
- Popup: Cerebellum
- Popup: Diencephalon
- Popup: Brainstem
- Popup: Stretch Reflex
- Popup: Tendon Reflex
- Popup: Flexor Reflex
- Popup: Crossed Extensor Reflex
- Popup: Threshold
- Popup: Refractory Period
- Popup: Ionotropic Receptors
- Popup: Metabotropic Receptors
- Popup: Dopamine
- Popup: Norepinephrine
- Popup: Epinephrine
- Popup: Serotonin
- Side Note: Digging Deeper – Clinical Relevance of Dopamine Pathways
- Side Note: Did You Know? – Types of Serotonin Receptors