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Psychology Class Notes 16:17 Synapse  A junction between the axon tip of the sending neuron and the dendrite or cell  body of the receiving neuron. This tiny gap is called the synaptic  gap or cleft This is the methods which neurons communicate with each other Things to remember: Neurons do not touch o They release chemicals (neurotransmitters) into the synapse How they can potentially spread their excitedness to another neuron  network Neurotransmitters bind with the receptors of postsynaptic neurons, thus  changing the charge into those neurons Reuptake Neurotransmitters in the syanpse are reabsorbed into the sending neurons What happens: the neurotransmitters vessels can find a spot in the second  neuron and ignite an excited response and the these neurotransmitter cells  can eith be destrowyed in the synapse OR the vesicles can be reabsorbed in  this process called REUPTAKE Neurotransmitters: More than 60 neurotransmitters in humans have been identified Agonists o Drugs that enhance neurotransmitters’ actions o Can block the neuron uptake of these neuotransmitters – that leads to 
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course PSYCH 1101 taught by Professor Suveg during the Spring '09 term at UGA.

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