Specialized branch of psychology that studies the relationship between behavior and bodily processes and systems; also called biopsychology or psychobiology.
Highly specialized cell that communicates information in electrical and chemical form; a nerve cell.
Support cells taht assist neurons by providing structural support, nutrition, and removal of cell wastes; manufacture myelin.
Type of neuron that conveys information to the brain from specialized receptor cells in sense organs and internal organs.
Processes nutrients and provides energy for the neuron to function; contains the cell's nucleus; also called the soma.
Muliple short fibers that extend from the neuron's cell body and recieve information from other neurons or from sensory receptor cells.
A white, fatty covering wrapped around the axons of some neurons that increases their commmunication speed.
A brief electrical impulse by which information is transmitted along the axon of a neuron.
State in which a neuron is prepared to activate the communicate its message if it recieves sufficient stimulation.
The principle that either a neuron is sufficiently stimulated and an action potential occurs or a neuron is not sufficiently stimulated and an action potential does not occur.
The tiny space between the axon terminal of one neuron and teh dendrite of an adjoining neuron.
Branches at the end of the axon that contain tiny pouches, or sacs, called synaptic vesicles.
Tiny pouches or sacs in the axon terminals that contain chemicals called neurotransmitters.
The process through which neurotransmitters are released by one neuron, cross the synaptic gap, and affect the adjoining neurons.
The process by which neurotransmitter molecules detach from a postsynaptic neuron and are reabsorded by a pre-synaptic neuron so that they can be recycled and used again.
Neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of bodily movement, thought processes, and rewarding sensations.
Neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory; also a hormone manufactured by adrenal glands.
The primary internal communication netwoek of the body; divided into the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
Peripheral nervous system
Division of the nervous system that includes all the nerves lying outside the central nervous system.
Somatic Nervous System
Subdivision of the peripheral nervous system that communicates sensory information to the central nervous system and carries motor messages from the central nervous system to the muscles.
Autonomic Nervous System
Subdivision of the peripheral nervous system that regulates involuntary functions.
Sympathetic Nervous System
Branch of the autonomic nervous system that produces rapid physical arousal in response to perceived emergencies or threats.
Parasympathetic Nervous System
Branch ot eh autonomic nervous system that maintains normal bodily functions and conserves the body's physical resources.
System of glands located throughtout the body that secrete hormones into the bloodstream.
Endocrine gland attached to the base of the brain that secretes hormones that affect the function of other glands as well as hormones that act directly on physical processes.
The endocrine glands that secrete hormones that regulate sexual characteristics and reproductive processes; ovaries in females and testes in males.
A discredited pseudoscientific theory of the brain that claimed that personality characteristics, moral character, and eintelligence could be determined by examining the bumps on a person's skull.
The notion that different functions are located or localized in differeent areas of the brain: also called localization of function.
An instrument that produces a graphic record of the brain's electrical activity by using electrodes placed on the scalp.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan)
An invasive imaging technique that provides color-coded images of brain activity by tracking the brain's use of radioactively tagged compound, such as glucose, oxygen, or a drug.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A noninvasive imaging technique that produces highly detailed images of the brain using electromagnetic signals generated by the brain in response to magnetic fields.
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
A noninvasive imaging technique that uses magnetic fields to map brain activity by measuring changes in the brain's blood flow and oxygen levels.
The study of the neural basis of cogitive process that integrates contributions from psychology, neuroscience, and computer science.
A region at the base of the brain that contains several structures that regulate basic life functions.
A hindbrain structure that connects the medulla to the two sides of the cerebellum; helps corrdinate and integrate movements on each side of the body.
A large, two-sided hindbrain structure at the back of the brain; responsible for muscle coordination and maintaining posture and equilibrium.
A network of nerve fibers located in the center of the medulla that helps regulate attention, arousal, and sleep; also called the reticular activating system.
The middle and smallest brain region, involved in processing auditory and visual sensory information.
An area of the midbrain that is involed in motor control and contains a large concentration of dopamine-producing neurons.
The largest and most complex brain region, which contains centers for complex behaviors and mental processes; also called cerebrum.
The wrinkled outer portion of the forebrain, which contains the most sophisticated brain centers.
A thick band of axons that connects the two cerebral hemispheres and acts as a communications link between them.
An area on each hemisphere of the cerebral cortex near the temples that is the primary receiving area for auditory information.
An area at the back of each cerebral hemisphere that is the primary receiving area for visual information.
An area on each hemisphere of the cerebral cortex located above the tempral lobe that processes somatic sensations.
Thelargest lobe of each cerebral hemisphere; processes voluntary muscle movements and is involved in thinking, planning and emotional control.
A curved forebrain structure that is part of the limbic system and is involved in learning and forming new memories.
A forebrain structure that processes sensory information for all senses, except smell, and relays it to the cerebral cortex
A peanut-sized forebrain structure that is part of the limbic system and regulates behaviors related to survival, such as eating, drinking, and sexual activity.
An almond-shaped forebrain structure that is part of the limbic system and is involved in emotion and memory.
The notion that different functions are located or localized in different areas of the brain; also called localization of function.
Lateralization of function
The notion that specific psychological or cognitive functions are processed primarily on one side of the brain.
The partial or complete inability to articulate ideas or understand spoken or written language because of brain injury or damage.