Neurobiology Questions (CNS)
1. What is the difference between spastic and flaccid paralysis?

 
 
 
 

2. What types of signals are sent "up" the spinal cord?  Where might they originate?  Where might they end their journey?
 
 
 
 

3. What types of signals are sent "down" the spinal cord?  Where do they originate?  Where might they end their journey?
 
 
 
 

4. List four ways in which the CNS is protected.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

5. How is spinal fluid produced?
 
 
 
 
 

6. What is the purpose of the blood-brain barrier?
 
 
 
 
 

7. What is the difference between a concussion and a contusion?  Contrast the symptoms of each.
 
 
 
 

8. What does lateralization of cortical functioning mean?
 
 
 
 
 

9. List the specific functions the cerebral cortex is known to carry out.
 
 
 
 
 

10. Thought question (not in your book):  Many animals get by in the natural world with very primitive brains.  For example, most reptiles demonstrate little, if any, learned behavior.  What are some *general* mental abilities and what are some advantages to having these higher order abilities?
 
 
 
 
 


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