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Neural Control and Coordination

Neutral Control and Coordination PDF Notes, Important Questions and Synopsis



  • Human Nervous System

  • Neurons and their Types

     Types of Neurons

    Basis their function

    Basis the number of nerve processes
    • Sensory neurons

    • Association neurons

    • Motor neurons

    • Unipolar neuron
    • Bipolar neuron
    • Multi-polar neuron

  • Types of Axons

    Myelinated Axons

    Non-myelinated Axons

    • Schwann cell covering the axons forms the myelin sheath.
    • Schwann cell covering the axons does not form the myelin sheath.
    • They contain nodes of Ranvier.
    • They are continuous.
    • Found in the spinal and cranial nerves.
    • Found in ANS and somatic nervous system.
  • Conduction of Nerve Impulse

  • A nerve impulse is conducted across the length of a nerve fibre in an organised manner.
  • On the nerve fibre during the conduction of an impulse, a region is always depolarised and a region next to it will be polarised. 
  • To send the impulse forward, the depolarised region repolarises and the polarised region depolarises. This is repeated across the length of the nerve fibre which helps in the conduction of impulse

  • Transmission on Nerve Impulse
  • A synapse is formed by the membranes of the pre-synaptic neuron and the post-synaptic neuron.
  • There are two kinds of synapses—electrical synapse and chemical synapse.
  • Involuntary actions in response to external or internal stimuli are termed reflex actions.
  • The path travelled by the impulse during a reflex action is called a reflex arc.

    Stimulus → Receptor in the sense organ → Afferent (sensory) nerve fibre → CNS (spinal cord) → Efferent (motor) nerve fibre → Muscle/gland → Response

  • Function of Parts of the Human Brain


    Centre of intelligence, memory, consciousness, will power and voluntary actions


    Relays motor and sensory impulses to the cerebrum


    Contains the centres which control body temperature, blood pressure and homeostasis


    Controls the movement of the head and eye


    Coordinates muscular activity and the balance of the body

    Pons varolii

    Coordinates between the two lobes of the cerebellum

    Medulla oblongata

    Controls the activities of the internal organs, heartbeat and breathing

  • Mechanism of Vision
  • Light rays reflected from the object enter the eyes through transparent structures.
  • The light energy produces chemical changes in rods and cones which send the nerve impulse. 
  • This nerve impulse is sent to the cerebrum through the optic nerve. The cerebrum gives the sensation of sight.
  • Photosensitive compounds like opsin and retinal generate potential differences in photoreceptor cells.
  • The brain interprets the inverted image on the retina, and the object is seen upright.




  • Mechanism of Hearing
  • The pinna collects sound waves and conducts them through the external auditory canal. They finally strike the eardrum and the vibration is set.
  • The Eustachian tube equalises the air pressure on either side of the eardrum allowing it to vibrate freely.
  • The vibrating eardrum sets the three ear ossicles into vibration. The vibration of the first two ossicles, i.e. malleus and incus, magnifies the vibration in the stapes.
  • The stapes transmits the vibration to the membrane of the oval window which sets the fluid in the cochlea into vibration.
  • The vibrating movement in the fluid stimulates hair-like processes of sense cells of the cochlea and the impulses are transmitted to the brain via the auditory nerve.


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