Chapter 44 - Neuroscience 3: Sensory systems

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What do sensory systems do?

Convert stimuli from an animal's. body of external environment to a signal that changes embrace potential of sensory neurons

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What is sensory transduction?

Process by which incoming stimuli are converted into neural signals

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What is Perception?

Awareness of sensation

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Are all sensations consciously perceived?

No

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What are sensory receptors and what do they do?

Neurons or specialized epithelial cells that recognize stimulus and initiate signal transduction

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What happens when the response of a sensory receptor is very strong?

Depolarization of the membrane to the threshold potential at the axon hillock and production of an action potential in a sensory neuron

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A stronger stimulus (Opens/CLoses) more ion channels?

Opens

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Membrane potential = ?

Receptor potential

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What is the strength of the stimulus indicated by?

Frequency of action potentials?

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What kind of frequency of action potentials does the brain interpret as more intense?

Higher frequency

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Why do different stimuli produce different sensations?

Because they activate specific neural pathways dedicated to processing only that type of stimulus

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Where are stretch receptors most commonly found?

In the walls of organs that can be distended

  • Stomach, urinary bladder, skeletal muscles
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What is glaucoma?

Drainage of aqueous humor blocked and pressure inside eye rises, damaging the retina

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What is macular degeneration?

Photoreceptor cells in and around macula are lost

  • Causes loss of sharpness and color vision
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What are cataracts?

Accumulation of protein clouds the lens

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What is deafness usually caused by?

Damage to hair cells in cochlea

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What is the most significant cause of deafness?

Repeated, long-term exposure to loud noise

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What is the purpose of cochlear implants?

Implantation to generate electrical signals in response to sound waves