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Unformatted text preview: make it to the next person in the relay the race stops there. This is important because action potential is an all-or-nothing event. Either it happens or it does not. Either the runner makes it to the next hand-off (synapses) or the race ends with that person (neuron). It would also be important to call attention to the point that there is a starting line and a finish line when it comes to neural activity. The electric signal has to start at a specific point, whether that is sensory neurons in the eyes or nose, and end at a specific point, maybe the cerebral cortex in the brain. It might even be fun to explain that the race in our neural system happens at close to 250 mph (Pinel, 2007). Pinel, J.J. (2007). Basics of biopsychology. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon....
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