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1 Peripheral Nervous System
A. Sensory Receptors 1. Properties of receptors A) all receptors are transducers 1) they convert one form of stimulus into nerve energy B) all receptors transmit 4 kinds of information to the CNS

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1) Modality – the type of sensation a) Law of Specific Nerve Energies – a receptor can respond to many types of stimuli but conveys only one sensation 2) Location 3) Intensity 4) Duration a) some receptors experience adaptation

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i) prolonged stimulus leads to a decreased firing by the receptor 2. Sensory receptors are classified on the basis of location and type of stimulation A) Location 1) Exteroceptors – stimulation arising outside of the body (examples: touch, pain, pressure, and external temperature)

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2) Interoceptors – stimulation arising inside of the body (examples: chemical levels, stretching of tissues, and internal temperature) 3) Proprioceptors – respond to internal stimuli but located only in skeletal muscle, tendons, joints, ligaments, and connective tissue covering bones and muscles a) monitor stretch and body position

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B) Type of stimulus detected 1) Mechanoreceptors – touch & pressure, hearing & equilibrium 2) Thermoreceptors – temperature changes 3) Photoreceptors – light 4) Chemoreceptors – smell, taste, and blood chemicals 5) Baroreceptors – stretch (blood pressure) 6) Nociceptors (free nerve ending) – pain

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3. General sensory receptors A) Unencapsulated – bare dendrites 1) Free dendritic endings a) found in most body tissues b) respond primarily to pain and temperature 2) Merkel discs a) in the basal layers of the epidermis b) respond to touch

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3) Root hair plexus a) nerve endings that surround hair follicles b) respond to touch B) Encapsulated – enclosed in a connective tissue capsule 1) Meissner’s corpuscles a) located in the dermal papillae region of hairless skin (ex: nipples, external genitalia, fingertips, soles of feet, and eyelids)

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2) Pacinian corpuscles a) found in the subcutaneous layer of skin, periosteum, mesenteries, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, fingertips, soles of feet, and external genitalia b) respond to vibration and pressure

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3) Ruffini’s corpuscles a) located deep in the dermis & subcutaneous layers and in the joint capsules b) respond to pressure and tendon stretch 4) Muscle spindles a) found throughout the perimysium of skeletal muscle b) respond to muscle stretch and they initiate the stretch reflex

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5) Krause’s end bulbs a) found in connective tissue and mucosa (ex: mouth and conjunctiva of the eye) and hairless skin near body openings (i.e. lips) b) respond to touch 6) Golgi tendon organs a) found in tendons b) respond to muscle and tendon stretch

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C) Special Sense Receptors 1) separate cells which synapse with sensory neurons 2) involved with all special senses except smell (olfaction)

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4. Receptor Responses to Stimulus A) Generator potentials 1) seen in unencapsulated, encapsulated, and olfactory receptors 2) adequate stimulation of the receptor causes an impulse directly on the sensory neuron

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B. Receptor potentials 1. seen in special sense receptors (except olfactory) 2. adequate stimulation causes a receptor potential on the receptor resulting in the release of a neurotransmitter 3. the neurotransmitter then causes a EPSP on the sensory neuron

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C. Nerves 1. Nerves consist of parallel bundles of axons enclosed by connective tissue coverings A) Endoneurium – surrounds individual axons (fibers); found surrounding the myelin sheath if one is present

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B) Perineurium – surrounds groups of fibers bound into bundles called fascicles C) Epineurium – surrounds all the fascicles; binds them together to form a single nerve


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2. Direction of transmission A) Mixed nerves 1) transmits impulses to and from the CNS B) Sensory (afferent) nerves 1) only transmit impulses towards the CNS C) Motor (efferent) nerves 1) only transmit impulses away from the CNS

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3. All peripheral nerves are classified as Cranial or Spinal A) Cranial nerves – 12 pairs *refer to handout*

19 Controls 4 of 6 external eye muscles (SR, IR, MR, IO)
Nerve Sensory Function Motor Function Olfactory (I) Smell (Olfaction) None Optic (II) Vision Occulomotor (III) Controls 4 of 6 external eye muscles (SR, IR, MR, IO) Trochlear (IV) Proprioception Controls superior oblique eye muscle Trigeminal (V) - main sensory nerve of face - 3 subdivisions V1 (Opthalamic) – anterior scalp, upper eye lid, nose, nasal cavity, & cornea V2 (Maxillary) – palate, upper teeth, skin of cheek, upper lip, & lower eyelid V3 (Mandibular) – anterior tongue, lower teeth, chin, & lateral scalp Muscles of mastication (chewing)

20 Vestibulocochlear (VIII) Glossopharyngeal (IX)
Abducens (VI) Proprioception Controls lateral rectus eye muscle Facial (VII) - 5 divisions; temporal, zygomatic, buccal, mandibular & cervical Taste sensations from anterior 2/3 of the tongue Facial expression and the secretion of saliva and tears Vestibulocochlear (VIII) Vestibular branch – equilibrium Cochlear branch - hearing None Glossopharyngeal (IX) Taste sensations from posterior 1/3 of the tongue Swallowing and the secretion of saliva Vagus (X) Parasympathetic fibers running to and from heart, lungs, & abdominal viscera Sensations from the innervated structures Slows heart rate, increases peristalsis, & contracts muscles of voice production Accessory (XI) Movements of the head & shoulders and speech production Hypoglossal (XII) Tongue movements in chewing, food mixing, & speech

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B) Spinal nerves – 31 pairs 1) Terminology a) Rami – small branches of spinal nerves i) both sensory & motor fibers (mixed) ii) Dorsal rami (a) innervate deep muscles and skin of the dorsal surface of the trunk

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iii) Ventral rami (a) innervate structures of the upper and lower limbs and the lateral and ventral trunk iv) Rami communicantes (a) only seen emerging from thoracic spinal nerves (b) contain autonomic nerve fibers

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v) Meningeal branch (a) innervate blood vessels of the spinal cord and meninges b) Plexus – intertwining of several ventral rami



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2) Cervical Nerves (8 pairs) a) Cervical plexus i) Mostly cutaneous nerves that innervate the skin ii) A few innervate muscles of the anterior neck iii) Phrenic nerve is the most important (a) innervates the diaphragm for breathing

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b) Brachial plexus i) Formed from the intermixing of the cervical nerves C5-C8 ii) Give rise to virtually all the nerves that innervate the arms (ex. brachial, radial & ulnar nerves) 3) Thoracic Nerves (12 pairs) a) Form the intercostal nerves i) innervate the intercostal muscles

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4) Lumbar Nerves (5 pairs) a) The lumbar plexus arises from nerves L1-L4 b) The femoral nerve is the largest terminal nerve of this plexus i) innervates the muscles of the anteriomedial thigh 5) Sacral Nerves (5 pairs) a) The sacral plexus arises from nerves L4-S4

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b) The largest branch of the sacral plexus is the sciatic nerve i) innervates entire leg except the anteromedial thigh ii) the thickest and longest nerve in the body 6) Coccygeal Nerves (1 pair) a) innervates the coccyx

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D. Reflex and Reflex Arc 1. Reflex A) a rapid, predictable motor response to a stimulus B) usually serves a protective function 2. Five components of a reflex arc: A) Receptor B) Sensory neuron

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C) Integration Center 1) Monosynaptic reflex (single sensory & motor neuron) 2) Polysynaptic reflex (multiple interneurons) D) Motor neuron E) Effector


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3. Reflexes are classified as: A) Somatic reflexes 1) activate/inhibit skeletal muscle B) Autonomic (visceral) reflexes 1) activate/inhibit cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, or glands

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