Compare and contrast the nervous system and the endocrine system

Compare and contrast the nervous system and the endocrine system

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Unformatted text preview: Our brains communicate with the rest of our body in two ways, through the nervous system or through the endocrine system. They are both vital to our survival and both coordinate our body's activities. They both enable cells to communicate with others by using chemical messengers. However, their characteristics of speed, specificity and plasticity are different. The nervous system uses rapid electrical signals along nerve axons. Chemical signals are used between nerve cells at synapses and although this chemical transmission is slower than electrical transmission, synapses are important in transmission between nerve cells. On the other hand, the endocrine system uses hormones, which are secreted into and transported to their target cells via the circulation of blood. Hormonal responses are generally slower than nervous responses because of the delay of circulation. Both the nervous system and the endocrine system involve diffusion of the delay of circulation....
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2012 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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