9781604133745

The Nervous System

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  • ISBN13:

    9781604133745

  • ISBN10:

    1604133740

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
  • Publisher: Facts on File

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Summary

The nervous system allows us to move, feel, and think, and it is involved in nearly all of the functions of the human body. Nerves communicate signals between the brain and muscles, allowing us to move our hands and feet. Or, they relay messages about the environment through touch, taste, sight, and smell. Nerves can also communicate information about how we are feeling at any particular time and help to maintain homeostasis, or a stable state of equilibrium. The Nervous System discusses the development and organization of this diverse system, its functions, and potential injuries and complications.

Author Biography

F. Fay Evans-Martin, Ph.D., has a dual background in the areas of pharmacology and biopsychology. She holds a B.S. in biology, an M.S. in pharmacology, and a doctorate in psychology. Her postdoctoral research was conducted in spinal cord injury at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and in nicotine self-administration at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Our Amazing Nervous Systemp. 10
Development of the Nervous Systemp. 26
Organization of the Nervous Systemp. 35
Sensation and Perceptionp. 59
Movementp. 80
Learning and Memoryp. 99
Emotions and Reward Systemsp. 115
Neuroendocrine and Neuroimmune Interactionsp. 126
Sleep and Wakefulnessp. 138
Diseases and Injuries of the Nervous Systemp. 152
Appendix: Conversion Chartp. 172
Glossaryp. 173
Bibliographyp. 195
Further Resourcesp. 210
Picture Creditsp. 213
Indexp. 214
About the Authorp. 222
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The nervous system allows us to move, feel, and think, and it is involved in nearly all of the functions of the human body. Nerves communicate signals between the brain and muscles, allowing us to move our hands and feet. Or, they relay messages about the environment through touch, taste, sight, and smell. Nerves can also communicate information about how we are feeling at any particular time and help to maintain homeostasis, or a stable state of equilibrium.The Nervous Systemdiscusses the development and organization of this diverse system, its functions, and potential injuries and complications.

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