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BIO 1004, Chapter 9 Notes

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Date Created: 02/24/16
Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 9 Notes The Sensory System  Sensory Organs contain neurons capable of generating an electrical impulse o These neurons are called receptors o General receptors are receptors that are sensitive to temperature, pain, and pressure.  They are found in the skin, viscera/organs, muscles and joints.  The ones found in the viscera/organs are much more sensitive than the ones found in the skin.  These receptors sense pressure and presence of different chemicals. o Chemoreceptors are receptors that are sensitive to chemicals in the environment. Each chemical that you are sensitive to has a different receptor.  Nerve endings that are sensitive to chemicals in the environment and when stimulated, they conduct an electrical impulse that is sent to the brain to be processed.  Sense of Taste (gustation)  Our sense of taste consists of taste bud that are located on the tongue, in the back of the throat, and on the roof of the mouth.  All of these taste buds eventually form together to form a cranial nerve.  Sense of smell (olfaction)  Our sense of smell is much more sensitive than our sense of taste and it is the most primitive of all the senses.  Located in the upper portion of the nasal cavity, smell receptors are stimulated by specific chemicals which then generates an electrical impulse that travels to the brain through a cranial nerve, where the information is processed.  The brain has a different location for receiving information from olfactory cells – the olfactory bulb. o Located just above the nasal cavity o This fact makes olfaction unique. o Photoreceptors are stimulated by light to produce an electrical impulse that travels to the brain through a cranial nerve, where the information is processed.  Accessory organs of the eye  Extrinsic muscles are skeletal muscles that allow for movement of the eye.  Our eyelids and eyelashes offer protection.  Lacrimal apparatus: o Our lacrimal glands produce tears. o Our lacrimal ducts start in the corner and empty into the nose.  Structure of the eye o The sclera is the white part of the eye and forms a capsule made up of connective tissue. o The choroid layer is the middle layer of tissue in the eye that absorbs stray light rays. o The retina is the inner layer that contains photoreceptors.  There are two types of photoreceptors: o Rods are stimulated by low light and allow us to see black and white.  Located around the fovea. o Cones are stimulated by more intense light and allows us to see colors.  Located in the fovea. o Fovea o Optic Nerve o The iris is the colored portion of the eye and is the muscle that controls the size of the pupil. o The pupil is the hole in the center of the eye that lets light in. o The lens focuses light on the retina. o The cornea is the clear portion of the sclera that covers the front of the eye.  Two chambers found in the eye: o The anterior chamber is smaller and is located between the cornea and the lens.  Filled with aqueous humor fluid and is very watery. o The posterior chamber contains a gel-like fluid called vitreous humor, which maintains the shape of the eyeball. o Mechanoreceptors generate an electrical impulse in response to pressure.  Outer parts of the ear: (all are exposed to the environment)  The Pinna is cone shaped and concentrates sound waves.  The ear canal is a tunnel that leads to the middle portion of the ear.  The tympanum (ear drum) vibrates in response to sound waves.  Middle ear:  Contains 3 bones: malleus, incus, and stapes  These three bones attach to the tympanum and cochlea and transmit vibrations  The Eustachian tube is a hollow tube that connects the middle ear to the throat and equalizes pressure. o Also drains fluid.  Most ear infections occur in the middle ear.  Inner Ear:  The cochlea is fused with the malleus, incus, and stapes. o Snail shaped o Fluid-filled o Lined with mechanoreceptors o Soundwaves pass over the mechanoreceptors to produce and electrical impulse to the bran  Organs of balance are semi-circular canals and each ear has 3.  Partially fluid-filled with small particles of bone floating on top  Lined with mechanoreceptors.


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