cells in the nervous system that support, nourish, and protect neurons: they may also play a role in learning and thinking
nerve network that travels through the brainstem and plays an important role in controlling arousal
the endocrine system’s most influential gland. Under the influence of the hypothalamus, the pituitary regulates growth and controls other endocrine glands
a pair of endocrine glands that sit just above the kidneys and secrete hormones (epinephrine and norepinephrine) that help arouse the body in times of stress
a simple, automatic response to a sensory stimulus, such as the knee jerk response
chemical messengers that are manufactured by the endocrine glands, travel through the bloodstream, and affect other tissues
the division of the autonomic nervous system that clams the body, conserving its energy
neurons with the brain and spinal cord that communicate internally and intervene between the sensory inputs and motor outputs
neurons that carry incoming information from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles and glands
neurons that carry incoming information from the sensory receptors to the brain and spinal cord
bundled axons that form neural “cables” connecting the central nervous system with muscles, glands, and sense organs
“morphine within”—natural, opiate like neurotransmitters linked to pain control and to pleasure
the level of stimulation required to trigger a neural impulse
a neural impulse; a brief electrical charge that travels down an
concerned with the links between biology and behavior, includes psychologist working in neuroscience, behavior genetics, and evolutionary psychology
any abnormal, damaged area of tissue detected in the brain
a series of glands throughout the body that secrete chemical into the bloodstream
the part of the peripheral nervous system that serves to accelerate the heart rate, constrict blood vessels, and raise blood pressure
the part of the peripheral nervous system that is responsible for regulating involuntary body functions such as heartbeats, blood flow, breathing and digestion
the part of the peripheral nervous system that is responsible for carrying motor and sensory information both to and from the central nervous system
the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord
the nerve tissues that controls the activities of the body
the network of nerve cells and fibers that transmits nerve impulses between parts of the body
process for the brain of neurons to retrieve chemical that were not received by the previous neuron
a chemical messenger that carries, boosts, and modulates signals between neurons and other cells in the body
a small gap at the end of a neuron that allows a signal to pass from one neuron to the next
electrically insulating material that forms a layer around the axon of a neuron
a nerve fiber; a long slender projection of a nerve cell that conducts electrical impulses away from the neuron cell body
a short branched extension of a nerve cell
a specialized cell transmitting nerve impulses; a nerve cell

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