Hypothalamus

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  • The Hypothalamus In The Brain

    The hypothalamus in located in the brain. It is responsible for regulating body temperature, some metabolic processes and it is the main part that controls the autonomic nervous system. The hypothalamus is also in control of the production of many vital hormones that play a major role in maintaining the right standards for your body and chemical substances that help control different cells and organs. The hormones released from the hypothalamus control physiologic purposes, such as sleep, mood or sex drive. The pituitary gland is an endocrine gland that controls the other endocrine glands and has a major impact growth, metabolism and maturation. As well as that, the pituitary gland is about the size of a pea and is located at the base of the…

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  • Hypothalamus Case Study

    The Role of the Hypothalamus in the Control of Appetite in relation to obesity. Introduction Appetite is the desire for a body’s needs to be fulfilled, in this case appetite is used in the sense of “the desire to eat food”. Humans need to manage the intake of food so mechanisms such as metabolism which occurs during cell respiration, can run efficiently meaning no energy is wasted, nor is too much saved. The effect of having a high appetite can have a tremendous effect on a person’s body weight…

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  • Fear Conditioning In Psychology

    almond-shaped neurons located on the bottom ends of the hippocampus. The hypothalamus determines the best way to respond to the information. It is small, about the size of an almond, and located below the thalamus and above pituitary gland and brain stem. There are two routes of creating fear: the high road and the low road. The low road is the shorter response. It doesn 't always accurately identify fear, and deals with potential threats rather than obvious ones. It is an instinctual response…

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  • Acute Stress Response Essay Introduction

    stress response starts in the brain. When you hear a stick crack in the woods, for example, the ears send the information to the amygdala, a primitive structure of the brain responsible for emotional processing. The amygdala then deciphers the sounds. If it perceives danger, it immediately sends a signal of distress to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus functions as a command center, interacting with the body through the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for involuntary bodily…

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  • The Need For Sleep Research Paper

    This allows the hypothalamus to regulate daily rhythms such hunger and the reticular formation to regulate daily sleep rhythms. Sleep is an essential part of life, but do we know why we fall unconscious for thirty percent of the day? A variety of theories have been made for the need for sleep. One from an evolutionary point of view proposes that sleep was a way that animals…

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  • Stress Response

    innervation (Everly & Lating, 2013). Furthermore, activation of this axis in response to a stressor has been shown to have somatic effects on humans and overlap with the final stress-response axis (Everly & Lating, 2013). The final stress-response axis is the endocrine axes, which is subdivided into four other axes: the adrenal cortical, somatotropic, thyroid, and posterior pituitary (Everly & Lating, 2013). These axes are the last pathways to respond to stressful activation because…

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  • Hedonism Human Sexuality

    S01876886 UI317-01 Assignment #3: Reflections 1. Hormones and the brain are powerful influences on human sexual functioning. Perhaps two of the most important portions of the brain in terms of sexual functioning are the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, which make up the HPG axis. The HPG axis consists of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and the gonads – gonads being the testes in males and the ovaries in females. Together, the HPG axis regulates sex hormone production in a negative…

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  • Essay On Invitation To Psychology Of Stress

    leaving the body vulnerable to physical problems and illnesses. For example, if Jane, a student taking PSY 202, knows there is going to be a psychology midterm on Monday, she shows some signs of stress; her heart races in fear and anticipation of the test since she has not read the book or gone to any lectures, and her neck and shoulders stiffen at the very thought of taking the midterm. Over the weekend, she prepares by cramming for hours on end, to prevent getting a terrible grade. After…

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  • Essay On The Limbic System

    The Limbic system is a critical part in the brain that makes a human feel emotions. It links us to a primitive state and higher thinking. The Limbic system is composed of numerous structures within the brain. There is not a certain structure that is defined as the Limbic system. The Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Amygdala, the Hippocampus, and the cingulate cortex are the framework for the limbic system. Its location is in the Forebrain and the Midbrain just under the cerebrum. All the structures work…

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  • Neurophysiological Function

    In males, according to Giuliano M.D, PD, erection is associated with the arousal and continues until the orgasm phase (Giuliano 2011). The erection process seems to be tied to the reactions of smooth muscles, which is dependent on the parasympathetic system where nitric oxide activates the process (Giuliano 2011). In desire the hypothalamus seemed to be the dominant aspect of the brain that is activated but the muscles and parasympathetic system are more in control. It is interesting to see the…

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