Table 2.1: Some Neurotransmitters and Their Functions

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Acetylcholine (ACh)

enables muscle action, learning, and memory


influences movement, learning, attention, and emotion


affects mood, hunger, sleep, and arousal


helps control alertness and arousal

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)

a major inhibitory neurotransmitter


a major excitatory neurotransmitter; involved in memory

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