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Excitation and Inhibition

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751754
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751754.003.0008
Excitation and Inhibition

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Adrian shares the Nobel Prize with Sherrington, who is considerably older and is based in Oxford. Sherrington, a philosopher and poet as well as a physiologist, has mapped out the motor area of the brain, and has studied excitatory and inhibitory reflexes in the spinal cord. He coins the term “synapse” to describe the narrow gaps between nerve cells, where the excitatory and inhibitory processes must take place.

Keywords: Charles Sherrington; reflexes; synapse; facilitation; inhibition; motor unit

Chapter.  6143 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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