3 Neuroscience and Behavior Neural CommunicationNeuronsHow Neurons CommunicateHow Neurotransmitters Influence UsThe Nervous SystemThe Peripheral Nervous SystemThe Central Nervous System
4 Neuroscience and Behavior The Endocrine SystemThe BrainThe Tools of DiscoveryOlder Brain StructuresThe Cerebral CortexOur Divided BrainLeft Brain-Right Brain
5 Ancient Conceptions About Mind History of MindAncient Conceptions About MindPlato correctly placed mind in the brain. However, his student Aristotle believed that mind was in the heart.OBJECTIVE 1| Explain why psychologists are concerned with human biology, and describe the ill-fated phrenology theory.Today we believe mind and brain are faces of the same coin. Everything that is psychological is simultaneously biological.
6 History of Mind Phrenology In 1800, Franz Gall suggested that bumps of the skull represented mental abilities. His theory, though incorrect, nevertheless proposed that different mental abilities were modular.Bettman/ Corbis
7 Biological Psychologists study the link between biology and behavior Neural CommunicationNeurobiologists and other investigators understand that humans and animals operate similarly when processing information.Biological Psychologists study the link between biology and behavior
8 Neural CommunicationThe body’s information system is built from billions of interconnected nerve cells called neurons.
9 We are a biopsychosocial system. Neural CommunicationWe are a biopsychosocial system.Cellular Level(InterconnectedNeurons)Ethnic Level(Culture)Community Level(Society)Organ Level(Brain)Group Level(Family)OBJECTIVE 2| Explain how viewing each person as a biopsychosocial system helps us understand human behavior, and discuss why researchers study other animals in search of clues to human neural processes.System Level(InformationProcessing)Individual Level(Human Being)
10 Glial CellsAstrocytes provide nutrition to neurons, and carry away waste. Oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells insulate neurons (myelin).Astrocytes
11 A nerve cell, or a neuron, consists of many different parts. OBJECTIVE 3| Describe parts of a neuron and explain how its impulses are generated.
12 Parts of a Neuron Cell Body (Soma): Life support center of the neuron. Dendrites: Branching extensions at the cell body. Receive messages from other neurons.Axon: Long single extension of a neuronMyelin [MY-uh-lin] Sheath to insulates and speeds up messages through neurons.Terminal Branches of Axon: Branched endings of an axon that transmit messages to other neurons.
13 Action PotentialA neural impulse. A brief electrical charge that travels down an axon and is generated by the movement of positively charged atoms in and out of channels in the axon’s membrane.
14 Stimulus ThresholdEach neuron receives depolarizing and hyperpolarizing currents from many neurons. When the depolarizing current (positive ions) minus the hyperpolarizing current (negative ions) exceed minimum intensity (threshold) the neuron fires an action potential.
15 Polarization, Depolarization & Hyperpolarization Polarization: The natural state of the resting axon consists of negatively charged ions on the inside, and a positive charged environment on the outside. Resting Potential refers to this same negative inside, positive outside state that the neuron returns to after action potential.Depolarization: Depolarization occurs when positive ions enter the neuron, making it more prone to firing an action potential.Hyperpolarization: When negative ions enter the neuron, making it less prone to firing (action potential).
16 Refractory Period & Pumps All-or-None Response: When the depolarizing current exceeds the threshold, a neuron will fire. If the depolarizing current fails to exceed the threshold, a neuron will not fire.Refractory Period: After a neuron fires an action potential it pauses for a short period to recharge itself to fire again.Sodium-Potassium Pumps: Sodium-potassium pumps pump positive ions out from the inside of the neuron, making them ready for another action potential.
17 Action Potential Properties Repolarization: The process of the neuron returning to its polarized condition, or resting potential.
18 SynapseSynapse [SIN-aps] a junction between the axon tip of the pre-synaptic (sending) neuron and the dendrite or cell body of the post-synaptic (receiving) neuron. This tiny gap is called the synaptic gap or cleft.OBJECTIVE 4| Describe how nerve cells communicate. Synapse was coined by Lord Sherrington ( ) who inferred it through behavioral experiments. Cajal ( ) described the synapse based on his anatomical studies of the brain.
19 NeurotransmittersChemicals released from the axon terminals (the end of the neuron) of the sending neuron which travel in synaptic vesicles (the containers for the neurotransmitter) across the synapse and bind to receptor sites on the receiving neuron, thereby influencing it to generate an action potential. This process is known as, synaptic transmission.
20 ReuptakeNeurotransmitters in the synapse are reabsorbed into the sending neurons through the process of reuptake. This process applies the brakes on neurotransmitter action.
21 Excitatory or Inhibitory Excitatory neurotransmitters, such as Glutamate, stimulate the body to perform helpful functions, like memory. Inhibitory neurotransmitters, such as GABA help the body to stop actions like tremors and seizuresOBJECTIVE 6| Explain how drugs and other chemicals affect neurotransmission, and describe the contrasting effects of agonists and antagonists.
27 Blood-Brain Barrier: Enables the brain to filter out unwanted chemicals circulating around in the blood streamAcupuncture can relieve pain by stimulating the neurons responsible for releasing endorphins into the blood stream naturally, thereby bypassing the blood-brain barrier.OBJECTIVE 20| Discuss the relationship among brain organization, handedness, and mortality.
28 The Nervous SystemNervous System: The body’s speedy, electrochemical communication system. Nerves consist of neural “cables” containing many axons. They are part of the peripheral nervous system and connect muscles, glands, and sense organs to the central nervous system.Sensory Neurons carry incoming information from the sense receptors to the CNS. Interneurons connect the two neurons. Motor Neurons carry outgoing information from the CNS to muscles and glands.
29 Nervous System Central Nervous System (CNS) Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)OBJECTIVE 7| Describe the nervous system’s two major divisions, and identify the tree types of neurons that transmit information through the system.
31 Division of the Nervous System Central Nervous System (CNS): brain and spinal cord.Peripheral Nervous System (PNS): the sensory and motor neurons that connect the central nervous system (CNS) to the rest of the body.
32 Peripheral Nervous System Somatic Nervous System: The division of the peripheral nervous system that controls the body’s skeletal muscles.Autonomic Nervous System: Part of the PNS that controls the glands and other muscles.OBJECTIVE 8| Identify the subdivisions of the peripheral nervous system, and describe their functions.
33 Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Sympathetic Nervous System: Division of the ANS that arouses the body, mobilizing its energy in stressful situations.Parasympathetic Nervous System: Division of the ANS that calms the body, conserving its energy.
34 Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) pg. 62 Sympathetic NS “Arouses”(fight-or-flight)Parasympathetic NS “Calms”(rest and digest)
35 The Spinal Cord and Reflexes Simple reflex pathways are processed inspinal cord for faster reactions (pulling yourfinger out of a flame).OBJECTIVE 9| Contrast the simplicity of the reflex pathways with the complexity of neural networks.Simple Reflex
36 Neural NetworksInterconnected neurons form networks in the brain. Theses networks are complex and modify with growth and experience.Complex Neural Network
37 The Endocrine SystemThe Endocrine System is the body’s “slow” chemical communication system. Communication is carried out by hormones synthesized by a set of glands.OBJECTIVE 10| Describe the nature and functions of the endocrine system and its interaction with the nervous system.
38 HormonesHormones are chemicals synthesized by the endocrine glands that are secreted in the bloodstream. Hormones affect the brain and many other tissues of the body.For example, the hormones/neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinepherine (adrenaline) increase heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and feelings of excitement during emergency situations.
39 Adrenal GlandsAdrenal glands consist of the adrenal medulla and the cortex. The medulla secretes hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters/hormones) which excite the body and raise the levels of most of its systems during stress, while the adrenal cortex regulates salt and carbohydrate metabolism.
40 Pituitary GlandIs called the “master gland.” The anterior pituitary lobe releases hormones that regulate other glands. The posterior lobe regulates water and salt balance.
41 HypothalamusThe Hypothalamus lies below (hypo) the thalamus. It directs several maintenance activities like eating, drinking, body temperature, and control of emotions. It helps govern the endocrine system via the pituitary gland.
42 Thyroid & Parathyroid Glands Regulate the metabolic and calcium rates.
43 GonadsSex glands are located in different places in men and women. They regulate bodily development and maintain reproductive organs in adults.
44 The pancreas regulates the amount (level) of sugar in the blood.
45 Clinical ObservationClinical observations have shed light on a number of brain disorders. Alterations in brain morphology due to neurological and psychiatric diseases are now being catalogued.Tom Landers/ Boston Globe
46 The BrainTechniques to Study the BrainA brain lesion experimentally destroys brain tissue to study animal behaviors after such destruction.OBJECTIVE 11| Describe several techniques for studying the brain.Hubel (1990)
47 Electroencephalogram (EEG) An amplified recording of the electrical waves sweeping across the brain’s surface, measured by electrodes placed on the scalp.CAT ScanComputerized axial tomography takes axial scans (pictures of slices of the brain) in order to view the structures of the brain.AJ Photo/ Photo Researchers, Inc.
48 PET ScanPET (positron emission tomography) Scan is a visual display of brain activity that detects a radioactive form of glucose while the brain performs a given task.Courtesy of National Brookhaven National Laboratories
49 MRI ScanMRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce computer-generated images that distinguish among different types of brain tissue. The fMRI (functional MRI)reveals the brains functioning, as well as its structures. It can detect the flow of blood to the areas of the brain that are experiencing activity.Both photos from Daniel Weinberger, M.D., CBDB, NIMHJames Salzano/ Salzano PhotoLucy Reading/ Lucy Illustrations
50 Older Brain Structures The Brainstem is the oldest part of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells and enters the skull. It is responsible for automatic survival functions.OBJECTIVE 12| Describe the components of the brainstem and summarize the functions of the brainstem, thalamus and cerebellum.
51 The Pons sits just above the Medulla and helps coordinate movement. The Medulla [muh-DUL-uh] is the base of the brainstem that controls heartbeat and breathing.Reticular Formation is a nerve network in the brainstem that plays an important role in controlling arousal. Moruzzi and Magoun identified the purpose of the RF.The Pons sits just above the Medulla and helps coordinate movement.Brain Stem
52 Brain StemThe Thalamus [THAL-uh-muss] is the brain’s sensory switchboard, located on top of the brainstem. It directs messages to the sensory areas in the cortex and transmits replies to the cerebellum and medulla.
53 CerebellumThe “little brain” attached to the rear of the brainstem. It helps coordinate voluntary movements and balance.
54 The Limbic SystemThe Limbic System is a doughnut-shaped system of neural structures at the border of the brainstem and cerebrum, associated with emotions such as fear, aggression and drives for food and sex. It includes the hippocampus (helps us lay down new memories), amygdala, and hypothalamus.OBJECTIVE 13| Describe the structures and functions of the limbic system, and explain how one of these structures controls the pituitary gland.
55 AmygdalaThe Amygdala [ah-MIG-dah-la] consists of two almond-shaped neural clusters near the tip of the hippocampus. It is linked to the emotions of fear and anger.
56 HypothalamusThe Hypothalamus lies below (hypo) the thalamus. It directs several maintenance activities like eating, drinking, body temperature, and control of emotions. It helps govern the endocrine system via the pituitary gland.
57 Reward CenterRats cross an electrified grid for self-stimulation when electrodes are placed in the reward (hypothalamus) center (top picture). This was the results of the experiments by Olds and Milner in 1954Sanjiv Talwar, SUNY Downstate
58 The Cerebral CortexThe intricate fabric of interconnected neural cells that covers the cerebral hemispheres. It is the body’s ultimate control and information processing center. The Glial cells help to nourish and insulate the brain.OBJECTIVE 14| Define cerebral cortex and explain its importance fro the human brain.
59 Structure of the Cortex Frontal lobe (forehead) involved in speaking, muscle movements and making plans and judgments; the parietal lobe (top to rear head) receives sensory input for touch and body position; the occipital lobe (back head) is chiefly responsible for vision and the temporal lobe (sides of head) which are largely responsible for processing sound.OBJECTIVE 15| Identify the four lobes of the cerebral cortex.
60 Functions of the Cortex The Motor Cortex is the area at the rear of the frontal lobes that control voluntary movements. The Sensory Cortex (parietal cortex) receives information from skin surface and sense organs.OBJECTIVE 16| Summarize some of the findings on the functions of the motor cortex and the sensory cortex, and discuss the importance of the association areas.
61 Visual FunctionThe functional MRI scan shows the visual cortex is active as the subject looks at faces.Courtesy of V.P. Clark, K. Keill, J. Ma. Maisog, S. Courtney, L.G.Ungerleider, and J.V. Haxby,National Institute of Mental Health
62 Auditory FunctionThe functional MRI scan shows the auditory cortex is active in patients who hallucinate.
63 Association AreasThose areas of the brain, not involved in primary motor or sensory functions. They are involved in higher mental functions such as: learning, remembering, thinking and speaking.
64 Phineas GageThe railroad foreman had an iron rod blasted through his head, cutting the connection between the frontal lobe (specifically, the pre-frontal cortex) and the limbic system. After the accident, he could not control his emotions, and his behavior was erratic.
65 LanguageAphasia is an impairment of language, usually caused by left hemisphere damage either to Broca’s area (impaired speaking) or to Wernicke’s area (impaired understanding of speech).OBJECTIVE 17| Describe the five brain areas that would be involved if you read this sentence aloud.
66 Specialization & Integration The angular gyrus works with the visual cortex to help us read, and understand the words we are seeing.
67 The Brain’s Plasticity Plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to modify, and/or heal, itself after some type of injury or illness.Stem Cells are specialized neurons that have the ability to transform into any type of cell that the brain, or body, needs.OBJECTIVE 18| Discuss brain’s plasticity following injury or illness.
68 Corpus CallosumThe connecting fibers (200 million nerves) between the two hemispheres of the brain. It is capable of transferring more than a billion bits of information per second.Corpus CallosumCourtesy of Terence Williams, University of IowaMartin M. Rother
69 Split BrainsThe surgery on epileptic patients to relieve seizures, provided a key to understanding the functions of the two complimentary hemispheres of the brain.
70 Our Divided BrainPsychologist Michael Gazzaniga split the brains of cats and monkeys with no serious effects on mental or physical abilities. Later he experimented on epileptic patients, as a way to stop their seizures (pg )OBJECTIVE 19| Describe split-brain research, and explain how it helps us to understand the functions of our left and right hemispheres.
71 Gazzaniga’s Experiment The subjects could easily repeat numbers or words or describe images projected in their right visual field, because the left hemisphere, which received and processed this information, is the dominant hemisphere for language. Similarly, when asked to close their eyes and feel an object with their right hand, they could describe the object readily.But when the visual stimuli were projected in the subjects’ left visual field or when they were asked to feel objects with their left hand, their performance was quite different: they could not describe the stimuli or objects concerned. In fact, for the visual stimuli, they even said that they hadn’t seen anything at all!Gazzaniga’s Experiment
72 Disappearing Southpaws (Left Handed People) The percentage of left-handed individuals decreases sharply in samples of older people (Coren, 1993).
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