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Psychobiology Chapter 1 Notes

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Psychobiology Chapter 1 Notes PSYC2070

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These notes cover chapter 1. Both lecture and book notes are included.
Dr. Kenneth King
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Psychology, Psychobiology




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Date Created: 01/19/16
Chapter 1 - Lecture Neuron Monday, January 11, 2016 11:30 AM • Dendrites work like antennae Glial cells Axon terminals • Myelin is grown by glial cells ○ Myelin acts as an insulator ○ Sheath is not continuous, gaps are known as nodes  Gaps let in water (ECF) to the membrane underneath the myelin sheath • Membrane surrounds the nerve cell Nodes • Fluid inside cell - intracellular fluid (ICF) • Fluid outside cell - extracellular fluid (ECF) • Membrane ○ Bimolecular leaflet - membrane is 2 molecules thick Membrane Phospho ○ Fluid mosaic ○ Made of phospholipid molecules Lipid  Lipid part of the molecule is hydrophobic • Resting Membrane Potential (RMP) ○ Membrane impermeable to  Sodium  Organic ions ○ Permeable to  Cl  Potassium depolarization Potassium flows out ○ RMP = -70 MV = -1/14 volt +40 • Graded Potential ○ Voltage gets to -60, the graded potential changes and is set off drastically - action potential  At -60 voltage-gated channels open Action Potential hyperpolarization  Sodium rushes in  Voltage goes from -60 to +40 and goes back down again  At the top point, potassium channels open and potassium flows out making the -60 voltage go back down again □ Inside of the cell is turned positive, potassium is positive - so they flow out of -70 the cell Refractory period  Sodium channels open first letting sodium flow in at -60. At +40, potassium channels -80 Sodium rushes in open letting potassium flow out  Refractory period after action potential is at -80 and is hard for it to fire again □ Pump protein that pushes sodium back out and pulls potassium back in so it can RMB Graded Potential fire again □ Gets back up to -70 and process begins again ○ Depolarization - up into the positive ○ Hyperpolarization - down into the negative • Action Potential ○ Begins at axon hillock (-60 threshold) ○ Propagation - action potential fires the next one, which fires the next one, etc.  Works at 1 mph  Works fine in nerve cells in the brain and small insects but not in larger animals or to parts of the body since it works so slow ○ If blocked by the myelin sheath it becomes a passive current and shoots through the sheath  Action potentials in nodes between myelin sheath  Works a lot faster - 100 or 200 mph Psychobiology Page 1 Chapter 1 - Book Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:16 PM The Structure of a Neuron • Neuron shapes varies enormously from one neuron to another • Larger neurons have dendrites, a soma, an axon, and presynaptic terminals ○ The tiniest neurons lack axons and some lack well-defined dendrites • A motor neuron receives excitation through its dendrites and conducts impulses along its axon to a muscle • A sensory neuron is specialized at one end to be highly sensitive to a particular type of stimulation, such as light, sound or touch. Dendrites • Branching fibers that get narrower near their ends • Surface is line with specialized synaptic receptors- receives information from other neurons ○ The greater the surface area, the more info it can receive • Many contain dendritic spines - short outgrowths that increase the surface area available for synapses Cell body, or soma • Contains the nucleus, ribosomes, and mitochondria • Most metabolic work occurs here • Range in diameter from .005 mm to .1 mm in mammals and up to a millimeter in certain invertebrates Axon • Thin fiber of constant diameter • Conveys an impulse toward other neurons, an organ, or a muscle • Range up to more than a meter in length ○ Axons from your spinal cord to your feet • Covered with myelin sheath with interruptions called nodes of Ranvier ○ Invertebrate axons do not have myelin sheath • Axon branches and swells at its tip forming presynaptic terminals (aka end bulb or bouton) ○ Releases chemicals that cross through the junction between one neuron and the next • Afferent axon - brings info into a structure ○ Every sensory neuron is an afferent to the rest of the nervous system • Efferent axon - carries info away from a structure ○ Every motor neuron is an efferent from the nervous system • Interneuron or intrinsic neuron - a cell's dendrites and axons are entirely contained within a single structure Variations among Neurons • The shape of a neuron determines its connections with other cells and determines its function ○ Widely branching dendrites can enable a cell to receive input from thousands of other neurons ○ Short branches lead cells to only receive input from very few other cells (as few as two other cells) Glia • Glia - Greek word meaning "glue" • Several types of glia in the brain ○ Star shaped astrocytes - wrap around the presynaptic terminals of a group of functionally related axons  Shields it from chemicals circulating in the surround  Taking up ions released by axons and then releasing them back- helps synchronize the activity of the axons  Remove waste material created when neurons die and control amount of blood flow to each brain area  Dilate blood vessels to bring in more nutrients during periods of heightened activity in some brain area ○ Microglia - act as part of the immune system  Remove waste material, viruses, and fungi from the brain  Necessary for the survival of certain neurons early in life ○ Oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells - glia cells that build myelin sheaths  Supply an axon with nutrients necessary for its functioning ○ Radial glia - guide the migration of neurons and their axons and dendrites during embryonic development The Blood-Brain Barrier • Mechanisms that excludes most chemicals from the brain • Why we need it: ○ The brain does not replace damaged neurons for the most part ○ To minimize the risk of irreparable brain damage, the body builds a wall along the sides of the brain's blood vessels ○ The wall keeps out most viruses, bacteria, and harmful chemicals • How it works: ○ Depends on the endothelial cells that form the walls of the capillaries  Outside the brain, these cells have small gaps but in the brain, they are joined tightly together to block viruses, bacteria, and other harmful chemicals • Vertebrate neurons depend almost entirely on glucose ○ Need a steady flow of oxygen because the pathways that use glucose requires oxygen ○ Brain constitutes only 2% of the body's weight, yet it uses 20% of its oxygen ○ Glucose is the only nutrient that crosses the blood-brain barrier in large quantities Resting Potential of the Neuron • The structure of the membrane and its proteins controls the flow of chemicals between the inside and outside of the cell Psychobiology Page 2 the cell • The membrane maintains an electrical gradient (difference in electrical charges between the inside and outside of the cell), also known as polarization ○ Neurons inside have slight negative electrical potential with respect to the outside ○ Difference results in a resting potential - condition of a neuron's membrane when it has not been stimulated or inhibited ○ A typical level in neurons is -70 mV Forces Acting on Sodium and Potassium Ions • The membrane is selectively permeable ○ Selectively permeable - ability of some chemicals to pass more freely than others through a membrane ○ Oxygen, carbon dioxide, urea, and water cross freely through channels that are always open. ○ When the membrane is at rest, sodium and potassium channels are closed, but sometimes they are open • Sodium-potassium pump - mechanism that actively transports sodium ions out of the cell while drawing in two potassium ions ○ Sodium ions are more than 10 times more concentrated outside the membrane than inside and potassium ions are similarly more concentrated inside than outside ○ Because the membrane is selectively permeable, the sodium ions that are pumped out cannot leak back in again ○ Some potassium ions slowly leak out, carrying a positive charge with them and causing an increase in the electrical gradient across the membrane • Concentration gradient - difference in distribution of ions across the neuron's membrane • The resting potential prepares the neuron to respond rapidly Action Potential • Voltage-gated channels - membrane channels whose permeability to sodium (or some other ion) depend on the voltage difference across the membrane • All-or-none law - the size and shape of the action potential are independent of the intensity of the stimulus that initiated it ○ Every depolarization beyond the threshold of excitation produces an action potential of about the same amplitude and velocity for a given axon ○ Once the voltage gets to a certain level it shoots off to the action potential - reaching a higher voltage does not make the action potential larger  Analogy - to flush a toilet you have to make a press of at least a certain strength, but pressing harder does not make the toilet flush faster or more vigorously Refractory Period • Time when the cell resists the production of further action potentials • Absolute refractory period - a time when the membrane is unable to produce an action potential • Relative refractory period - time after the absolute refractory period that requires a stronger stimulus to initiate an action potential • The refractory period depends on two factors - the sodium channels are closed and potassium is flowing out of the cell at a faster than usual rate Propagation of the Action Potential • Describes the transmission of an action potential down an axon Action potential ○ To increase the speed of an action potential it uses the myelin sheath as an insulator making it move down the axon faster ○ Action potentials are set off in the nodes of the myelin sheath  Distance between nodes are generally at least 100 times as long as a node • The jumping of action potentials from node to node is called saltatory conduction Local Neurons • Local neurons - neurons without an axon myelin node • When a local neuron receives info from other neurons, it has graded potential ○ Graded potential - a membrane potential that varies in magnitude in proportion to the intensity of the stimulus ○ The change in membrane potential is conducted to adjacent areas of the cell, in all directions, gradually decaying as it travels Psychobiology Page 3


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