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AP Psychology: Biological Influences on Behavior

Part of the brain that is vital to our memory system.
Located behind the Frontal Lobes, it is in charged of receiving incoming touch sensations from the rest of the body.
Part of the brain that coordinates some habitual muscle movements, such as tracking a target with our eyes or playing the saxophone.
Located on top of the brain stem, it is responsible for receiving the sensory signals coming up the spinal cord and sending them to the appropriate areas in the rest of the forebrain.
Contains the nucleus and other parts of the cell needed to sustain its life. (Often called the soma.)
A fatty covering around the axon of some neurons that speeds neural impulses
Chemicals contained in terminal buttons that enable neurons to communicate.
The nervous system that controls our voluntary muscle movements.
Area of the brain that controls thought precessans and reason. Some major areas of interest include the Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Hippocampus, and Amygala.
Subsystem to the Autonomic nervous system. It is responsible for maintain homeostasis after a stress response.
Part of the brain that helps regulate emotion
The nervous system that controls the automatic functions of our body -our heart, lungs, internal organs, glands, etc.
Subsystem to the Autonomic Nervous system. Usually in charge of the "Fight or Flight" phenomena.
Part of the brain that controls blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing.
The Nervous system that consists of the brain and the spinal cord.
Individual nerve cells
The larges areas of the cerbral cortex, located in the front of the brain. It plays a huge role in personality.
The study of the parts and function of neurons.
The space between the terminal buttons of one neuron and the dendrites of the next neuron.
(Also called end buttons) The branched end of the axon that contains neurotransmitters.
The lobes closest to our ears, it plays a huge role in our hearing.
Located to the right of the Thalamus, it is in charge of regulating body temperature, sexual arousal, hunger, thirst, and the endocrine system.
The Nervous system that consists of all the other nerves in your body; Divided into 2 categories: Somatic and autonomic.
Located in the back of the brain, this lobe is in charge of our vision
Part of the brain that helps control facial expressions
Rootlike parts of the cell that stretch out from the cell body
Part of the brain that controls the basic biological functions that keep us alive. Some important structure withing this part of the brain include the medulla, pons, and cerebellum.
Wirelike structure ending in the terminal buttons that extends from the cell body