Published on February 28, 2014
By: TJ Higgins, Cameron Harris, and Harley Libreros
Functions The functions of the nervous system is to get info, processes it, and answer it. The five senses are examples. It does all of this in less than one second.
Major Parts/Organs Neurons - basic functioning units of the nervous system Central Nervous System – made up of the brain and the spinal cord Cerebrum – the part of the brain that controls memory, language, and thought Cerebellum – the part of the brain that coordinates voluntary muscle movement and regulates balance and posture Brain Stem – the area of the brain that controls involuntary functions Spinal Cord – a tube like structure of neurons
Interactions With Other Organs The nervous system signals the digestive system, endocrine system, and circulatory systems.
Role in Maintaining Homeostasis The role in maintaining homeostasis is getting information from your environment and answering it with a reaction.
Health/Diseases Injuries to your nervous system can include sport injuries, such as getting tackled in football or checked in hockey. Other injuries can include car accidents, and whiplash. Also, you can damage your nervous system with drugs that slow down or speed up your nervous system. Some that speed up your nervous system are amphetamines, cocaine, nicotine, and caffeine. Some that slow down your nervous system are alcohol, heroin, morphine, and inhaling excessive fumes of glue, petrol, and paint.
FAQs How does the brain receive the information so fast? Why is the nervous system important? The nervous system tells your brain that something is wrong or okay.
Bibliography Florida Life Science Glencoe Textbook http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publicatio ns/publishing.nsf/Content/drugtreat-pubsfront6-wk-toc~drugtreat-pubs-front6-wksecb~drugtreat-pubs-front6-wk-secb3~drugtreat-pubs-front6-wk-secb-3-1
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