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Synapses, Receptor Cells, and Brain

Jaakko Malmivuo

in Bioelectromagnetism

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780195058239
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058239.003.0005
Synapses, Receptor Cells, and Brain

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This chapter is devoted to a survey of the organization of the nervous system and its main components. A discussion of the nervous system might logically begin with sensory cells located at the periphery of the body. These cells initiate and conduct signals to the brain and provide various sensory inputs such as vision, hearing, posture, and so on. Providing information on the environment to the body, these peripheral cells respond to stimuli with action pulses, which convey their information through encoded signals.

Keywords: synapse; receptor cells; brain; nervous system; sensory cells; vision; peripheral cells

Chapter.  6051 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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