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What are the three main parts of the brain?

Forebrain, Midbrain and Hindbrain

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What makes up the central nervous system?

Brain and spinal cord

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What makes up the peripheral nervous system?

Autonomic nervous system and somatic nervous system

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What are the two main nervous systems?

Central and peripheral systems

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What makes up the hindbrain?

Medulla oblongata, pons and cerebellum

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What makes up the midbrain?

Reticular formation and reticular activating system

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What makes up the forebrain?

Thalamus, hypothalamus and cerebral cortex

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What is the medulla oblongata? And where in the brain is it?

Controls involuntary functions, e.g. blood pressure. In the hindbrain.

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What is the pons? And where in the brain is it?

The pons is the message station between the cerebellum and cortex. In the hindbrain

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What is the cerebellum? And where in the brain is it?

Controls voluntary tasks e.g. walking and running. In the hindbrain

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What is the reticular formation? And where in the brain is it?

Controls sleep and consciousness. In the midbrain

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What is the reticular activating system? And where in the brain is it?

Regulates wakefulness and sleep-wake transitions. In the midbrain

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What is the thalamus? And where in the brain is it?

Gets information from sensors to rest of brain. In the forebrain.

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What is the hypothalamus? And where in the brain is it?

Controls hunger, thirst and body temperature. In the forebrain

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What is the cerebral cortex?

Controls thinking and processing information from the senses. In the forebrain

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What is the autonomic nervous system?

Controls unconscious movement. e.g. heartbeat, breathing

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What is the somatic nervous system?

Controls conscious movement. e.g. walking, reflex actions

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What are the three types of neurons?

Motor neurons, inter neutrons and sensory neurons

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What is a motor neuron?

Nerve cells that send information away from the cns to muscles or glands

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What is an inter neuron?

Nerve cells that send information between sensory neurons and motor neurons

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What is a sensory neuron?

Nerve cells that send information to sensory receptors e.g. skin, eyes, nose, tongue, ears

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What is a neurotransmitter?

A chemical substance that is released at the end of a neuron, when an impulse reaches the end of an axon, and allows for the impulse to be diffused to next axon

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What are three types of neurotransmitters?

Glutamate
Biogenic amines
Acetylcholine

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What is myelin sheath?

Casing around neurons, allows impulses to move faster

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What is a synapse?

The junction between two neutrons, where impulses diffuse

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What is the role of an axon?

To pass messages away from the cell body to other neurons

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What is the role of the dendrites?

To receive messages from other cells