Questions about the Nervous and Endocrine Systems

What is the general organization of the Nervous System?

What are neurons?

What are the supporting cells and what are their functions?

What is electrochemical equilibrium?

What is a membrane potential?  How is it related to an action potential?

How do neurons receive and integrate signals?

Are all postsynaptic potentials excitatory?

How is an action potential generated and propagated along an axon?

What is the role of a myelin sheath in action potential propagation?

How does axon diameter affect the velocity of an action potential?

How are nerve impulses carried across synapses?

How do neurotoxins affect nerve function?

What are hormones?

How do hormones function?

How are signals transmitted by the endocrine system?

What are growth factors in the endocrine system?

What is the role of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland?

What are pheromones and what is their function?

How is the Endocrine System related to the Nervous System?

What is growth hormone?

What are the hormones that influence our attitudes and behaviors?

What is Seasonal Affective Disoder, and how is it that one hormone can make some people's winter mood less than pleasant?

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