Nervous System

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The nervous system allows us to move, feel, and think, and it is involved in nearly all of the human body's functions. Nerves communicate signals between the brain and muscles, allowing us to move our hands and feet. They also relay messages about the environment through touch, taste, sight, and smell. Plus, nerves can 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 ...

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Overview

The nervous system allows us to move, feel, and think, and it is involved in nearly all of the human body's functions. Nerves communicate signals between the brain and muscles, allowing us to move our hands and feet. They also relay messages about the environment through touch, taste, sight, and smell. Plus, nerves can 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133745
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Human Body: How It Works Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Denton A. Cooley 6

1 Our Amazing Nervous System 10

2 Development of the Nervous System 26

3 Organization of the Nervous System 35

4 Sensation and Perception 59

5 Movement 80

6 Learning and Memory 99

7 Emotions and Reward Systems 115

8 Neuroendocrine and Neuroimmune Interactions 126

9 Sleep and Wakefulness 138

10 Diseases and Injuries of the Nervous System 152

Appendix: Conversion Chart 172

Glossary 173

Bibliography 195

Further Resources 210

Picture Credits 213

Index 214

About the Author 222

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