Concept Check.

  1. What are the functions of the nervous system?
  2. What are the differences between the somatic and autonomic divisions of the efferent peripheral nervous system?
  3. What is the difference between action potential and membrane potential?
  4. What type of channel is the sodium channel found on neuron cell membranes?
  5. What are the main steps in an action potential?
  6. How do neurotransmitters reach the post-synaptic neuron?
  7. What is the covering of the CNS that lies directly against the nervous tissue of the brain and spinal cord? Describe the structure of the arachnoid mater.
  8. Where is CSF produced?
  9. Which part of the brain controls muscle movement and coordination? Which part contains the vital centers?
  10. Which cerebral hemisphere is more involved in logic and quantitative thought processes?
  11. How does the placement of white matter in the spinal cord differ from that in the brain?
  12. What are the steps in a typical reflex?
  13. What is the difference between spinal and cranial nerves?