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Biological Bases of Behavior

The bushy, branching extensions of a neuron that receive messages and conduct impulses toward the cell body.
Master endocrine gland.
The brain´s ability to change, especially during childhood, by reorganizing after damage or by building new pathways based on experience.
Brain region controlling pituitary gland.
Tissue destruction.
An amplified recording of the waves of electrical activity that sweep across the brain´s surface. These waves are measured by electrodes placed on the scalp.
Bundled axons that form neural "cables" connecting the central nervous system with muscles, glands, and sense organs.
Chemical messengers that cross the synaptic gaps between neurons.
The brain´s sensory switchboard, located on top of the brainstem. It directs messages to the sensory receiving areas in the cortex and transmits replies to the cerebellum and medulla.
A simple, automatic response to a sensory stimulus, such as the knee-jerk response.
Coordinates voluntary movement and balance and supports memories of such.
The junction between the axon tip of the sending neuron and the dendrite or cell body of the receiving neuron.
The oldest part and central core of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells as it enters the skull; the brainstem is responsible for automatic survival functions.
A nerve cell; the basic building block of the nervous system