Suggested Tasks for Psychology & Sociology - Module 1

Study Chapter 1 in Essential Concepts in Psychology & Sociology or in the online version. Practice with your flashcards until you are confident in your understanding and retention.

In ExamKrackers Biology, read pp. 37-46. Perform practice items 25-32 on pg. 47.

Browse the nervous system web resources to reinforce your understanding of nervous system physiology.

Learning Goals

Be prepared to describe the basic structure of a peripheral neuron.

Have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of nerve impulse transmission including the mechanisms for establishing resting potential and the events coinciding with action potential. Be able to describe impulse transmission in a myelinated neuron.

Understand the sequence of events producing the release of neurotransmitter at a synapse. Be able to describe how excitatory and inhibitory synapses are distinguished both in terms of the neurotransmitters employed and the mechanisms of action.

Be familiar with the various types of glial cells and their functions.

Be able to describe the basic anatomy of the brain and spinal cord. Know the location and function of the primary substructures in the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain, especially those implicated in psychological function.

Be capable of differentiating the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems anatomically and functionally.

Understand how neuroendocrine cells function to integrate the nervous and endocrine system be familiar with the physiological centers of neuroendocrine activity.