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NervousSystem

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Central Nervous System The divison of the nervous system consiting of the brain and spinal cord.
Peripheral Nervous System The divison of the nervous consiting of all of the nerves located outside the central nervous system.
Brain The part of the nervous system that controls most functions of the body.
Spinal Cord The thick column of nerve tissue that links the brian to most of the nerves in the peripheral nervous system.
Cerebrum The part of the brain that interprets input from the senses, controls movenment, and carries out complex mental processes.
Cerebellum The part of the brain that coordinates muscle action and helps maintain balance.
Brain Stem The part of the brain that lies between the cerebellum and spinal cord, and controls the body's involuntary actions.
Somatic Nervous System The group of nerves in the peripheral nervous system that controls voluntary actions.
Autonomic Nervous System The group of nerves in the peripheral nervous system that controls involuntary actions.
Reflex An automatic response that occurs rapidly and without conscious control.
Concussion A bruiselike injury of the brain that occurs when the soft tissue of the brain collides against the skull.