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Biopsychology chapters/lectures/ 1 and 2

by: Jennifer Wagner

Biopsychology chapters/lectures/ 1 and 2 41363

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Hello everyone! Here are the notes from class with specific attention to what was emphasized and will be on the exam.
Dr. Douglas L. Delahanty
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neurons, Actionpotential, communication




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Date Created: 08/31/16
Biopsychology  Fall 2016 Lectures 1 and 2 What is physiological psychology?  Biological approach to the study of behavior  Neuroscience = the study of the nervous system   Behavioral neuroscientists are primarily animal focused   Physiological psychology­ taking a biological approach to the study of psychology Brief history of biopsychology (Key people involved and theories)  Plato and other early Greek philosophers were dualists, meaning they believed the mind  and body were separate entities, acting on their own and not relying on each other.   Rene Descartes was the father of modern philosophy—thought humans were like  machines.  o “Pre­set” and used reflexes as an example. If you touch something hot, you would immediately move your hand  o Said mind and body were linked   British empiricists (Locke, Berkely, Hume) o Observation=knowledge  o The only way to know something is through observation  Pierre Flourens—experimental ablation  o Destroy different parts of the animal’s brain then sew back up and see how it  behaves o Localization of function doctrine   Different parts of the brain are in charge of different functions  Broca and Wernicke­autopsies of brain damaged patients waited until  dead then studied their brains. Broca: difficulty producing speech  Wernicke: difficulty comprehending speech   Golgi—neuron is the basic unit of the nervous system  Nervous system contains two types of cells  1. Neuron—communication cells responsible for behavior. About 100 billion in body  2. Supporting cells—take care of neurons, provide structure/give shape, clean cell, about 1  trillion  Almost all neurons contain:  o Cell body, or soma  o Dendrites  o Axon  o Terminal buttons  3 types of neurons based on structure  1. Unipolar—has 1 appendage off of the cell body  2. Bipolar—has 2 sides off cell body. Soma is at the center with appendages off each  end 3. Multipolar—most common. Has many appendages off of the cell body  3 types depending on function 1. Sensory—take info from the outside and bring it into the central nervous system (CNS).  Almost always unipolar or bipolar. 2. Motor—located primarily in the periphery nervous system (PNS) and synapse on a  muscle, cause contraction. Almost always multipolar. Both sensory and motor are part of the PNS  3. Interneuron—located in the CNS—multipolar. Deciding cells that need to choose what  to do in the CNS. Inside Neurons 1. Membrane  2. Cytoplasm  3. Nucleus—control center  4. Mitochondria—provide cell with energy 5. Neurofilaments—support and shape the cell  6. Microtubules—transport substances from place to place within the cell  7. Endoplasmic reticulum  8. Golgi apparatus—wraps proteins and vesicles  9. Lysosomes  Supporting cells 1. Glial cells—located in the CNS  a. Astrocytes—found in CNS provide physical support: destroy dead neurons  (phagocytosis). Most common glial cell. b. Oligodendrocytes—found in the CNS. provide support: produce myelin sheath— insulates and speeds transmission down the axon—nodes of Ranvier. Same as  astrocytes except they can fold around the axon to create myelin sheath (many can be formed at a time)  2. Schwann cells—exist only in the PNS—also support axons and produce myelin: only  can produce one at a time.  Also aid in digestion of dead axons and arrange themselves to support and guide new growth and regeneration  Neural Communication  2 types of communication:  1. Within neurons—electrical  2. Between neurons—chemical  Within neurons—through action potentials (APs)  Resting membrane potential is ­70mV  Negatively charged within the cell  There are different rates of firing and ­70 is the base rate, when nothing is happening  within/to the cell. 2 types of ions: cations (positively charged, +) and anions (negatively charged, ­) 2 forces on ions 1. Diffusion—the desire to move from high concentration to low concentration  2. Electrostatic pressure—like charges repulse each other   A­ membrane impermeable—inside of cell is negatively charged, many of those negative  ions do not move outside of the cell  K+ (Potassium) balances: diffusion out, electrostatic in   Cl­ (chloride) balances: diffusion in, electrostatic out  Na+ (Sodium) dissusion in and electrostatic in   Na+K+ pump maintains membrane potential: 3 Na+ out for 2 K+ in  Action Potential   Brief drop in membrane resistance to Na+  Threshold—Excitation that needs to happen in order for cell to be excited and depolarize, opening channels   Depolarization—cell becomes less positive   Hyperpolarization—drops below resting membrane charge of ­70mV. The natural  consequence of AP  All or none law—if axon hillock gets enough stimulation, it will make it down the length  of the axon. AP remains constant in size.   Rate law—differences in strength of muscle contractions not due to differences in size of  AP but to differences in rate of firing. If weak, slow rate of firing. If strong, continuously  firing.   Salatory conduction in myelinated axons o Saves energy o Faster  o Action potential appears to “dance” or jump from one node of Ranvier (space  between myelin sheath sections, just the bare axon). The action potential gets  smaller and smaller, but there is still enough space for the message to pass. The  action potential is regenerated at nodes of Ranvier.  Within neurons (Synaptic Transmission, chemical)  Neurons communicate with each other through synapses   When depolarized, terminal buttons depolarize, C++ channels open and C++ rushes in  and opens fusion pore which is where the vesicles bind to inside of the terminal button.  This releases neurotransmitter which travels across synapse and produces IPSP  (inhibitory, doesn’t want to fire) or EPSP (excitatory, wants to fire). o This process occurs by two means  o 1. Direct (Ionotropic) – simplest, most rare. Molecule of neurotransmitter directly  attaches to binding site o 2. Indirect (Metabotropic) – when neurotransmitter binds, activates multiple steps How do we get rid of excess neurotransmitter?  1. Reuptake—presynaptic takes it back. Like a recycling method, can be used again and  again. 2. Enzymatic deactivation—enzymes destroy neurotransmitter  


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