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Nervous system, integration: Overview, and peripheral nervous system: Some review & misc. parts [Fig. 28.11B, p. 573] : - white matter --> looks white due to the myelinated sheaths, which are quite fatty. - gray matter --> consists mostly of nerve cell bodies, dendrites, and axons without fatty sheath. - ventricles --> spaces in the CNS that contain cerebrospinal fluid. This moves nutrients, hormones and other substances around, and, particularly in the brain acts as a shock absorber. - meninges [Fig., not in text] : - nervous tissue generally has the consistency of watery jello. It’s very fragile. - meninges surround the nervous tissue and help maintain the structural integrity; they also allow for cerebrospinal fluid to circulate. Consists of: an outer covering, the dura mater a space in between made up of cerebrospinal fluid and the arachnoid membrane an inner membrane lying right over the brain, the pia mater The PNS, or Peripheral Nervous System: consists of paired spinal nerves and paired cranial nerves [Fig. 28.11A]. - each set comes/goes to different structures. Except for a few cranial nerves (e.g. optic nerve), each set contains both sensory and motor components. - mammals have 12 pairs of cranial nerves. - reptiles have 10. - in anatomy classes, the function of each pair of nerves is explained. The PNS is divided into two broad groups [Fig. 28.12, p. 574. NOTE: the fourth edition figure (28.12A) is NOT accurate ] : 1) Somatic - sensory and motor nerves, generally parts that you have voluntary control over and that sense the external environment. 2) autonomic - generally non-voluntary. Nerves that serve the internal
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organs. Divided into three parts, but let's skip these details. Note: the description of some of this is not accurate in the 4th edition . Finally, how does all this work and fit together? Example: reflex arc [Fig. 28.1B, p. 564,] : sensory neuron --> CNS --> motor neuron A reflex is a response that does not involve the brain. But - you can feel the response. So the signal does eventually get to the brain. Reflex arc. What happens to signal as it does go to the brain? - there are two pathways that lead to the brain.
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2011 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Northern Virginia Community College.

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