Study objectives

• Describe the organization of the nervous system including the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system

• Distinguish among the three types of neurons: afferent neurons, efferent neurons, and interneurons

• List the three major levels of CNS function and describe their activities

• Distinguish among the three types of tracts in the CNS: projection tracts, association tracts, and commissural tracts

• Describe the activity of each of the functional areas of the cerebral cortex

• Explain how language is processed in the cerebral cortex

• Describe the functions of the basal ganglia, thalamus, hypothalamus, and brainstem

• Distinguish among the three regions of the cerebellum and their functions

• Compare and contrast the exchange of materials between the blood and peripheral tissues with that of the blood and brain

• Explain the functions of the blood-brain barrier

• Explain the functions of cerebrospinal fluid

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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