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Actions of a Ligand

by: Cydney Tinsley

Actions of a Ligand PSYC 1000

Cydney Tinsley
CU Denver
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These notes cover the actions of a ligand, some parts of neurotransmitters, and chemicals in the brain.
Introduction to Psychology
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Date Created: 09/20/16
Cydney Tinsley Psychology Week 5: Actions of the Ligand Actions of the Ligand 1. The Limbic System a. Phineas Gage i. Involved in an accident where a pike went through his chin and up out through his brain. Amazingly, he survived. ii. They believed he severed his pre-frontal cortex, which has to do with impulse control, as he completely changed temperaments. 2. Neuro-transmitters and Receptors cannot be described except for: a. GABA b. Glutamate 3. GABA is inhibitory, meaning it inhibits the actions of a neuron. 4. Glutamate is excitatory, meaning it excites and activates neurons to fire an action potential. 5. Acetylcholine: The chemical responsible for learning, memory, motor- functioning and sleep-wake cycles. 6. Dopamine: The chemical responsible for reward/pleasure, compulsion, motor- functioning, and mood. 7. Serotonin: The chemical responsible for mood, memory, appetite, and cognition. 8. Actions of the Ligand a. Agonist: Activates signaling and receptors. Can be endogenous or exogenous. b. Antagonist: Binds to the same spot that an agonist would but blocks it so that a future agonist cannot use it. Antagonists do not activate receptors. c. Exogenous: Something created from the outside of the body, (i.e., drugs). d. Endogenous: Something made inside the body. e. Mesolimbic Dopamine Pathway: Sends dopamine signaling from VTA to Prefrontal Cortex. Promotes behavior beneficial for survival, (i.e., eating, sleeping, sex, etc.)


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