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1 Neuropsychology (Neuroanatomy) Dr. Bakhshani NM Zahedan University of Medical Sciences Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry

2 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Neuroanatomy is the anatomy of the nervous system. Refers to the study of the various parts of the nervous system and their respective function(s). The nervous system consists of many substructures, each comprised of many neurons.

3 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Terms used to describe location when referring to the nervous system include: –Ventral: toward the stomach –Dorsal: toward the back –Anterior: toward the front end –Posterior: toward the back end –Lateral: toward the side –Medial: toward the midline


5 Fig. 4-2, p. 83

6 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The Nervous System is comprised of two major subsystems: 1.The Central Nervous System (CNS) 2.The Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)


8 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The Central Nervous System consists of: 1.Brain 2.Spinal Chord

9 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System  The spinal cord is the part of the CNS found within the spinal column and communicates with the sense organs and muscles below the level of the head.  The Bell-Magendie law states the entering dorsal roots carry sensory information and the exiting ventral roots carry motor information.  The cell bodies of the sensory neurons are located in clusters of neurons outside the spinal cord called dorsal root ganglia.

10 Fig. 4-3, p. 84

11 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The spinal cord is comprised of: –grey matter-located in the center of the spinal cord and is denseley packed with cell bodies and dendrites –white matter – composed mostly of myelinated axons that carries information from the gray matter to the brain or other areas of the spinal cord. Each segment sends sensory information to the brain and receives motor commands.

12 Spinal Cord Runs through the vertebral canal Extends from foramen magnum to second lumbar vertebra Regions –Cervical –Thoracic –Lumbar –Sacral –Coccygeal Gives rise to 31 pairs of spinal nerves –All are mixed nerves Not uniform in diameter –Cervical enlargement: supplies upper limbs –Lumbar enlargement: supplies lower limbs Conus medullaris- tapered inferior end –Ends between L1 and L2 Cauda equina - origin of spinal nerves extending inferiorly from conus medullaris.

13 Meninges Connective tissue membranes –Dura mater: outermost layer; continuous with epineurium of the spinal nerves –Arachnoid mater: thin and wispy –Pia mater: bound tightly to surface Forms the filum terminale – anchors spinal cord to coccyx Forms the denticulate ligaments that attach the spinal cord to the dura Spaces –Epidural: external to the dura Anesthestics injected here Fat-fill –Subdural space: serous fluid –Subarachnoid: between pia and arachnoid Filled with CSF

14 Cross Section of Spinal Cord Anterior median fissure and posterior median sulcus –deep clefts partially separating left and right halves Gray matter: neuron cell bodies, dendrites, axons –Divided into horns Posterior (dorsal) horn Anterior (ventral) horn Lateral horn White matter –Myelinated axons –Divided into three columns (funiculi) Ventral Dorsal lateral –Each of these divided into sensory or motor tracts

15 Cross section of Spinal Cord Commissures: connections between left and right halves –Gray with central canal in the center –White Roots –Spinal nerves arise as rootlets then combine to form dorsal and ventral roots –Dorsal and ventral roots merge laterally and form the spinal nerve

16 Organization of Spinal Cord Gray Matter Recall, it is divided into horns –Dorsal, lateral (only in thoracic region), and ventral Dorsal half – sensory roots and ganglia Ventral half – motor roots Based on the type of neurons/cell bodies located in each horn, it is specialized further into 4 regions –Somatic sensory (SS) - axons of somatic sensory neurons –Visceral sensory (VS) - neurons of visceral sensory neur. –Visceral motor (VM) - cell bodies of visceral motor neurons – Somatic motor (SM) - cell bodies of somatic motor neurons

17 Gray Matter: Organization

18 White Matter in the Spinal Cord Divided into three funiculi (columns) – posterior, lateral, and anterior –Columns contain 3 different types of fibers (Ascend., Descend., Trans.) Fibers run in three directions –Ascending fibers - compose the sensory tracts –Descending fibers - compose the motor tracts –Commissural (transverse) fibers - connect opposite sides of cord

19 White Matter Fiber Tract Generalizations Pathways decussate (most) Most consist of a chain of two or three neurons Most exhibit somatotopy (precise spatial relationships) All pathways are paired –one on each side of the spinal cord

20 White Matter: Pathway Generalizations

21 Descending (Motor) Pathways Descending tracts deliver motor instructions from the brain to the spinal cord Divided into two groups –Pyramidal, or corticospinal, tracts –Indirect pathways, essentially all others Motor pathways involve two neurons –Upper motor neuron (UMN) –Lower motor neuron (LMN) aka ‘anterior horn motor neuron” (also, final common pathway)

22 Pyramidal (Corticospinal) Tracts Originate in the precentral gyrus of brain (aka, primary motor area) –I.e., cell body of the UMN located in precentral gyrus Pyramidal neuron is the UMN –Its axon forms the corticospinal tract UMN synapses in the anterior horn with LMN –Some UMN decussate in pyramids = Lateral corticospinal tracts –Others decussate at other levels of s.c. = Anterior corticospinal tracts LMN (anterior horn motor neurons) –Exits spinal cord via anterior root –Activates skeletal muscles Regulates fast and fine (skilled) movements

23 Corticospinal tracts 1.Location of UMN cell body in cerebral cortex 2.Decussation of UMN axon in pyramids or at level of exit of LMN 3.Synapse of UMN and LMN occurs in anterior horn of s.c. 4.LMN axon exits via anterior root

24 Extrapyramidal Motor Tracts Includes all motor pathways not part of the pyramidal system Upper motor neuron (UMN) originates in nuclei deep in cerebrum (not in cerebral cortex) UMN does not pass through the pyramids! LMN is an anterior horn motor neuron This system includes –Rubrospinal –Vestibulospinal –Reticulospinal –Tectospinal tracts Regulate: –Axial muscles that maintain balance and posture –Muscles controlling coarse movements of the proximal portions of limbs –Head, neck, and eye movement

25 Extrapyramidal Tract Note: 1. UMN cell body location 2. UMN axon decussates in pons 3. Synapse between UMN and LMN occurs in anterior horn of sc 3. LMN exits via ventral root 4. LMN axon stimulates skeletal muscle

26 Extrapyramidal (Multineuronal) Pathways Reticulospinal tracts – originates at reticular formation of brain; maintain balance Rubrospinal tracts – originate in ‘red nucleus’ of midbrain; control flexor muscles Tectospinal tracts - originate in superior colliculi and mediate head and eye movements towards visual targets (flash of light)

27 Main Ascending Pathways The central processes of first-order neurons branch diffusely as they enter the spinal cord and medulla Some branches take part in spinal cord reflexes Others synapse with second-order neurons in the cord and medullary nuclei

28 Three Ascending Pathways The nonspecific and specific ascending pathways send impulses to the sensory cortex –These pathways are responsible for discriminative touch (2 pt. discrimination) and conscious proprioception (body position sense). The spinocerebellar tracts send impulses to the cerebellum and do not contribute to sensory perception

29 Nonspecific Ascending Pathway Include the lateral and anterior spinothalamic tracts Lateral: transmits impulses concerned with pain and temp. to opposite side of brain Anterior: transmits impulses concerned with crude touch and pressure to opposite side of brain 1st order neuron: sensory neuron 2nd order neuron: interneurons of dorsal horn; synapse with 3rd order neuron in thalamus 3rd order neuron: carry impulse from thalamus to postcentral gyrus

30 Specific and Posterior Spinocerebellar Tracts Dorsal Column Tract 1. AKA Medial lemniscal pathway 2. Fibers run only in dorsal column 3. Transmit impulses from receptors in skin and joints 4. Detect discriminative touch and body position sense =proprioception 1st O.N.- a sensory neuron synapses with 2nd O.N. in nucleus gracilis and nucleus cuneatus of medulla 2nd O.N.- an interneuron decussate and ascend to thalamus where it synapses with 3rd O.N. 3rd-order (thalamic neurons) transmits impulse to somato- sensory cortex (postcentral gyrus) Spinocerebellar Tract Transmit info. about trunk and lower limb muscles and tendons to cerebellum No conscious sensation

31 Spinal Cord Trauma and Disorders Severe damage to ventral root results in flaccid paralysis (limp and unresponsive) Skeletal muscles cannot move either voluntarily or involuntarily Without stimulation, muscles atrophy. When only UMN of primary motor cortex is damaged spastic paralysis occurs - muscles affected by persistent spasms and exaggerated tendon reflexes Muscles remain healthy longer but their movements are no longer subject to voluntary control. Muscles commonly become permanently shortened. Transection (cross sectioning) at any level results in total motor and sensory loss in body regions inferior to site of damage. If injury in cervical region, all four limbs affected (quadriplegia) If injury between T1 and L1, only lower limbs affected (paraplegia)

32 Spinal Cord Trauma and Disorders Spinal shock - transient period of functional loss that follows the injury Results in immediate depression of all reflex activity caudal to lesion. Bowel and bladder reflexes stop, blood pressure falls, and all muscles (somatic and visceral) below the injury are paralyzed and insensitive. Neural function usually returns within a few hours following injury If function does not resume within 48 hrs, paralysis is permanent. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka, Lou Gehrig’s disease) Progressive destruction of anterior horn motor neurons and fibers of the pyramidal tracts Lose ability to speak, swallow, breathe. Death within 5 yrs Cause unknown (90%); others have high glutamate levels Poliomyelitis Virus destroys anterior horn motor neurons Victims die from paralysis of respiratory muscles Virus enters body in feces-contaminated water (public swimming pools)

33 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) is comprised of the: 1.Somatic Nervous System 2.Autonomic Nervous System

34 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The Somatic Nervous System consists of nerves that: –Convey sensory information to the CNS. –Transmit messages for motor movement from the CNS to the body.

35 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The autonomic nervous system regulates the automatic behaviors of the body (heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion etc). The autonomic nervous system can be divided into two subsystems: 1.The Sympathetic Nervous System. 2.The Parasympathetic Nervous System.

36 Fig. 4-6, p. 86

37 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The sympathetic nervous system is a network of nerves that prepares the organs for rigorous activity: –increases heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, etc. (“fight or flight” response) –comprised of ganglia on the left and right of the spinal cord –mainly uses norepinephrine as a neurotransmitter at the postganglionic synapses.

38 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The parasympathetic nervous system facilitates vegetative, nonemergency responses by the organs. –decreases functions increased by the sympathetic nervous system. –comprised of long preganglion axons extending from the spinal cord and short postganglionic fibers that attach to the organs themselves. –dominant during our relaxed states.

39 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Parasympathetic Nervous System (cont’d) –Postganglionic axons mostly release acetylcholine as a neurotransmitter

40 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The brain can be divided into three major divisions: 1.Hindbrain. 2.Midbrain. 3.Forebrain.


42 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The Hindbrain consists of the: –Medulla. –Pons. –Cerebellum. Located at the posterior portion of the brain Hindbrain structures, the midbrain and other central structures of the brain combine and make up the brain stem.


44 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The medulla: –Located just above the spinal cord and could be regarded as an enlarged extension of the spinal cord. –responsible for vital reflexes such as breathing, heart rate, vomiting, salivation, coughing and sneezing. Cranial nerves allow the medulla to control sensations from the head, muscle movements in the head, and many parasympathetic outputs to the organs.



47 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Pons –lies on each side of the medulla (ventral and anterior). –along with the medulla, contains the reticular formation and raphe system. –works in conjunction to increase arousal and readiness of other parts of the brain.

48 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The reticular formation: –descending portion is one of several brain areas that control the motor areas of the spinal cord. –ascending portion sends output to much of the cerebral cortex, selectively increasing arousal and attention. The raphe system also sends axons to much of the forebrain, modifying the brain’s readiness to respond to stimuli.

49 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The Cerebellum: –a structure located in the hindbrain with many deep folds. –helps regulate motor movement, balance and coordination. –is also important for shifting attention between auditory and visual stimuli.

50 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The midbrain is comprised of the following structures: –Tectum – roof of the midbrain –Superior colliculus &inferior colliculus– swellings on each side of the tectum and routes for sensory information –Tagmentum- the intermediate level of the midbrain –Substantia nigra - gives rise to the dopamine- containing pathway

51 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The forebrain is the most anterior and prominent part of the mammalian brain and consists of two cerebral hemispheres –Consists of the outer cortex and subcortical regions. –outer portion is known as the “cerebral cortex”. Receives sensory information and controls motor movement from the opposite (contralateral) side of the body.

52 Fig. 4-10, p. 90

53 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Subcortical regions are structures of the brain that lie underneath the cortex. Subcortical structures of the forebrain include: –Thalamus - relay station from the sensory organs and main source of input to the cortex. –Basal Ganglia - important for certain aspects of movement.

54 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The limbic system consists of a number of other interlinked structures that form a border around the brainstem. –Includes the olfactory bulb, hypothalamus, hippocampus, amygdala, and cingulate gyrus of the cerebral cortex –associated with motivation, emotion, drives and aggression.

55 Fig. 4-12, p. 91

56 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Hypothalamus –Small area near the base of the brain. –Conveys messages to the pituitary gland to trigger the release of hormones. –Associated with behaviors such as eating, drinking, sexual behavior and other motivated behaviors. Thalamus and the hypothalamus together form the “diencephalon”.

57 Fig. 4-14, p. 92

58 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Pituitary gland - hormone producing gland found at the base of the hypothalamus. Basal Ganglia - comprised of the caudate nucleus, the putamen and the globus pallidus. –Associated with planning of motor movement, and aspects of memory and emotional expression.

59 Fig. 4-15, p. 93

60 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Basal forebrain is comprised of several structures that lie on the dorsal surface of the forebrain. Contains the nucleus basalis: –receives input from the hypothalamus and basal ganglia –sends axons that release acetylcholine to the cerebral cortex –Key part of the brains system for arousal, wakefulness, and attention

61 Fig. 4-16, p. 93

62 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System Hippocampus is a large structure located between the thalamus and cerebral cortex. – critical for storing certain types of memory.

63 Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System The central canal is a fluid-filled channel in the center of the spinal cord. The ventricles are four fluid-filled cavities within the brain containing cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is a clear fluid similar to blood plasma found in the brain and spinal cord: –Provides “cushioning” for the brain. –Reservoir of hormones and nutrition for the brain and spinal cord.

64 Fig. 4-17, p. 94

65 The Cerebral Cortex The cerebral cortex is the most prominent part of the mammalian brain and consists of the cellular layers on the outer surface of the brain. –comprised of grey matter and white matter. –divided into two halves –joined by two budndles of axons called the corpus callosum and the anterior commissure. –more highly developed in humans than other species.

66 The Cerebral Cortex Organization of the Cerebral Cortex: –Contains up to six distinct laminae (layers) that are parallel to the surface of the cortex. –Cells of the cortex are also divided into columns that lie perpendicular to the laminae. –Divided into four lobes: occipital, parietal, temporal, and frontal.

67 Fig. 4-21, p. 97

68 Fig. 4-22, p. 98

69 The Cerebral Cortex The four lobes of the cerebral cortex include the following: 1.Occipital lobe 2.Parietal lobe 3.Temporal lobe 4.Frontal lobe

70 Fig. 4-23, p. 99

71 The Cerebral Cortex Occipital lobe: –Located at the posterior end of the cortex. –Known as the striate cortex or the primary visual cortex. –Highly responsible for visual input. –Damage can result in cortical blindness.

72 The Cerebral Cortex Parietal lobe –Contains the postcentral gyrus (aka “primary somatosensory cortex”) is the primary target for touch sensations, and information from muscle- stretch receptors and joint receptors. –Also responsible for processing and integrating information about eye, head and body positions from information sent from muscles and joints.

73 Fig. 4-24, p. 99

74 The Cerebral Cortex Temporal Lobe –Located on the lateral portion of the hemispheres near the temples. –Target for auditory information and essential for processing spoken language. –Also responsible for complex aspects of vision including movement and some emotional and motivational behaviors.

75 The Cerebral Cortex The Frontal lobe: –Contains the prefrontal cortex and the precentral gyrus. –Precentral gyrus is also known as the primary motor cortex and is responsible for the control of fine motor movement. –Contains the prefrontal cortex- the integration center for all sensory information and other areasof the cortex. (most anterior portion of the frontal lobe)

76 Fig. 4-25, p. 100

77 The Cerebral Cortex The Prefrontal cortex (cont’d) –responsible for higher functions such as abstract thinking and planning. –responsible for our ability to remember recent events and information (“working memory”). –allows for regulation of impulsive behaviors and the control of more complex behaviors.

78 The Cerebral Cortex Various parts of the cerebral cortex do not work independently of each other. –All areas of the brain communicate with each other The binding problem refers to the question of how the visual, auditory, and other areas of the brain produce a perception of a single object. –perhaps the brain binds activity in different areas when they produce synchronous waves of activity

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