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Nervous System Organization: 2 Major Components

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

The nervous apparatus is one of the most complex and vital structures in the human body. It serves as the body’s communication network. This system ensures the transfer of information between different organs and tissues. This system plays a crucial role in controlling body functions. It responds to external stimuli and maintains general homeostasis.

The nervous system organization can be conditionally divided into two main components. Each of them has a different function and structure. These components work together. They ensure seamless communication and coordination throughout the body. 

We will examine the two fundamental components of the nervous mechanism: the central (CNS) and the peripheral (PNS). Understanding the organization and interaction of these components is vital. This helps to assess the complexity and efficiency of the human neural network. So, let’s journey through the confusing world of the CNS and PNS. Let’s unravel the mysteries behind their fantastic ability to regulate our daily lives.

Neurons: Building Blocks of the Nervous System

Neurons are at the center of the complex nervous apparatus. They are fundamental building blocks. These cells help transmit electrical and chemical signals throughout the body. Neurons are responsible for:

  • for processing and sharing information;
  • for knowledge;
  • for behavior;
  • for the main functions of the body.

These fantastic cells come in all shapes and sizes. All of them share standard functions that ensure their decisive role. The three main parts of a neuron are the cell body (soma), dendrites, and axons. The cell body contains the nucleus. It controls the cell’s activities and has the genetic material. Dendrites extend from the cell body and act as receptive branches. They receive signals from other neurons or sensory receptors. An axon is a long, thin projection that carries the neuron’s outgoing impulses.

Neurons communicate in unique connections. They are called synapses. These synapses allow information to be transmitted from one neuron to another. Thus, they release neurotransmitters. These are chemical messengers that bridge the gap between neurons.

The arrangement and communication of neurons in the nervous system organization is highly complex. The mechanism constantly forms complex neural networks. They are the basis of all aspects of our sensory perception. The adaptability of neurons through neuroplasticity accounts for the brain’s incredible ability to learn.

connection of neurons

Two Main Components of Nervous System

The nerve organization is complex and vitally important in the human body. It is divided into two main components. It is the central nerve system (CNS) and the peripheral nerve system (PNS). Each member plays a specific role in transmitting information throughout the body. This allows us to interact with the environment and effectively regulate body functions.

The two parts of the network are closely related. If one part of the nerve structure is sick, the other will undoubtedly begin to suffer. The brain controls the central nervous system. It is responsible for reactions and actions we can maintain and be aware of. The spinal cord governs the peripheral system and is more accountable for unconscious responses. These include, in particular, reflexes.

To preserve the health of the nerves, it is worth understanding more deeply how they work. A more detailed study of these two system components will help you with this.

Central nervous system (CNS)

The central nervous organization (CNS) is the control center for the main components of the nervous system. It is responsible for processing and integrating information. It consists of two main components: the brain and the spinal cord.

  • Brain. It is often called the “command center” of the body. It is a very complex and organized body. The brain controls various cognitive, sensory, and motor functions. It processes and interprets information received from the senses. It allows us to perceive and understand the world around us. The brain plays a critical role in memory, learning, decision-making, emotions, and consciousness.
  • Spinal cord. It is a long cylindrical bundle of nerve fibers. It stretches along the spine from the base of the brain to the lower back. It serves as a link between the brain and the rest of the body. It transmits sensory information from the body to the brain. It also transmits movement commands from the brain to muscles and organs. The spinal cord also coordinates reflex actions. This provides quick responses to certain stimuli without involving the brain.

Peripheral nervous system (PNS)

This is an extensive network of nerves and ganglia. They leave the central neural network and connect it to various body parts. It acts as a communication bridge. This facilitates the transmission of information between the central nervous apparatus and the organs located throughout the body. Before going to interesting facts about the nervous system, you need to know its departments:

  • Sensory (afferent) department. It is responsible for transmitting sensory information from the body’s sensory organs. These include the skin, eyes, ears, and taste buds. This information includes sensory perceptions.
  • Motor (different) department. The motor department of the PNS handles transmitting motor commands. It controls voluntary movements. It also controls involuntary actions. This is, for example, regulating heart rate, digestion, and hormone secretion.

In summary, there are two primary components of the nervous apparatus. It is the central nervous organization and the peripheral nervous organization. They work in concert to regulate and coordinate the body’s various functions and reactions. It allows us to interact with the world and adapt to our surroundings.

Common Nervous System Disorders

The neural network is a highly complex and intricate network. It is susceptible to various disorders. These disorders can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. These disorders can affect the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

Nerve diseases can be milder or more serious. Mild illnesses can often be cured more quickly. But if the disease is complex, the treatment will be long. Often, mild diseases without proper treatment turn into serious ones. Therefore, the best methods of treatment will be preventive measures. However, if you are already sick, it is important to consult a doctor in time and start the necessary treatment. Choose the best specialist who has experience in treating your disease. It is also important that you get the correct diagnosis.

Here we look at some of the most common nervous system organization diseases.

Alzheimer’s disease

It is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. It affects memory, cognition, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia. It gradually impairs a person’s ability to remember, think, and perform daily tasks. The disease is characterized by the accumulation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain. This leads to the destruction of nerve cells and the formation of plaques.

Parkinson’s disease

It is a chronic and progressive disorder that affects movement control. This is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. This leads to motor symptoms. It can be tremors, slowness of movements, and impaired coordination.

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

This is an autoimmune disease. With it, the immune structure attacks the protective sheath of nerve fibers (myelin). This leads to disruption of nerve signal transmission. Symptoms include fatigue and muscle weakness. There may also be problems with coordination and impaired sensitivity.

A stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is suddenly cut off due to a blockage or bleeding. Lack of blood supply can damage brain cells. This leads to various neurological disorders. These include paralysis, speech impediments, and vision problems. This damages the main components of the nervous system.

Epilepsy

It is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. They are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Attacks can vary in intensity and manifestation.

Migraine

It is a neurological condition characterized by periodic severe headaches. Other symptoms often accompany them. These include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances.

These are just a few examples of numerous disorders of the nervous apparatus. They can affect people of any age. Proper treatment plays a crucial role in improving these conditions. The main thing is to seek help in time.

Connections of the nervous system

Interesting Facts About the Nervous System 

In the CNS, the brain acts as a command center. It is responsible for processing and interpreting information from the senses. It also regulates emotions, memory, and cognition. The spinal cord serves as a vital communication pathway. It transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body. At the same time, it coordinates reflex actions for a quick, involuntary reaction.

PNS spreads throughout the body. It connects the central neural network with sensory receptors, muscles, and organs.

The nervous apparatus allows us to interact with the world around us. It is complex and exciting. We need to clarify this body structure. The human brain that controls it still needs to be better understood. Here are some interesting facts about the nervous system.

Lightning transmission

Nerve impulses can travel up to 268 miles per hour. This fast transmission allows real-time responses to a variety of stimuli. It helps us react quickly to potential danger.

Number of neurons

The human brain contains approximately 86 billion neurons. Neurons are a functional unit of the nervous system. If we counted one neuron per second, it would take over 2,700 years to count them all.

Energy consumption of the brain

The brain accounts for only about 2% of our body mass. But it consumes about 20% of the body’s energy, using glucose as its primary fuel source.

There are no pain receptors

The brain itself has no pain receptors. So, surgeons can perform operations on the brain of patients who are fully conscious. They do not feel pain during the procedure.

Nerve impulses never rest

Even during sleep, the neurons of our brain remain active. They continue to process information and contribute to the body’s essential functions.

The longest nerve cell

The most extended nerve cell in the human body is the sciatic nerve. It stretches from the lower back to the toes. Its length can reach 3 feet.

Memory capacity

The memory capacity of the human brain is practically limitless. It can store approximately 2.5 petabytes of data.

The more we learn about interesting facts about the nervous system, the more it amazes and fascinates us. The nervous apparatus remains a fascinating and integral aspect of our existence.

Conclusion

The nervous network is a marvel of biological engineering. It is the communication network of the body. This mechanism controls a wide range of body functions and reactions. The extraordinary capabilities of neurons further enhance the complexity of the nervous apparatus. They are the functional unit of the nervous system.

The wonders of the nerve structure are amazing, but it is not without its vulnerabilities. Various disorders can affect the neural network. This leads to cognitive impairment, movement disorders, or other neurological disorders. However, timely treatment can correct all symptoms and consequences.

The nervous organization remains a fascinating and essential aspect of human life. It is exciting but, at the same time, complex and confusing. Diseases of this system are often severe. They require timely detection and treatment. So if you have any symptoms of illnesses, contact your doctors.

FAQ

What are the basic functions of the nervous system?

Basic functions of the nervous system:

  • Sensing and processing information from the environment
  • Controlling bodily functions and movements
  • Facilitating communication between different body parts

 

What are the two most common disorders of the nervous system?

Two most common disorders of the nervous system:

  • Alzheimer’s disease (neurodegenerative disorder affecting memory and cognition)
  • Stroke (interruption of blood flow to the brain, leading to neurological deficits)

 

Where are nerve cells?

Nerve cells are present throughout the body, but they concentrate on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves of the peripheral nervous system.

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