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3: Neuronal structure

Neuronal Structure

Remind the student that pathways are made up of neurons. Describe the anatomy of a neuron (soma, dendrites, and axon are marked with text). State that this neuron is real - as viewed through a microscope. Explain the normal direction of impulse flow. Dendrites and soma receive chemical information from neighboring neuronal axons. The chemical information is converted to electrical currents which travel toward and converge on the soma. A major impulse is produced (the action potential) and travels down the axon toward the terminal. Point to the terminal.

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