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Multiple choice questions

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This activity contains 20 questions.

Question 1.
If you took a second to count every neuron in an average adult human brain it would take over:

 
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Question 2.
The connected series of fluid-filled cavities that are found throughout the brain are known as the:

 
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Question 3.
According to Descartes, the site at which the mind and body interacted in the brain was the:

 
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Question 4.
The discovery of the Golgi technique was important in the advancement of brain anatomy because:

 
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Question 5.
The ______ is the main part of the neuron that contains neurotransmitter receptors (i.e. receives incoming messages), and the ______ is the main conductor of the action potential along the neuron's length.

 
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Question 6.
The person who discovered the chemical basis of neurotransmission was:

 
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Question 7.
In response to an action potential, a presynaptic neuron releases a chemical called a ______ which diffuses across the ______ to activate ______ on the postsynaptic cell.

 
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Question 8.
During its resting state, the electrical charge inside the neuron is ______ compared to the outside.

 
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Question 9.
During the neuron's resting state, large amounts of positive ______ ions are found in the extracellular fluid, whereas relatively more positive ______ ions are found inside the cell.

 
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Question 10.
The site where the threshold potential (-55mv) has to occur first in order to produce an action potential is the:

 
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Question 11.
The reason why there is a sudden shift in the electrical potential of the neuron (from about -70mv to about +50mv) during an action potential is largely due to the sudden influx of ______ ions.

 
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Question 12.
When the action potential reaches the axon terminal it stimulates the release of neurotransmitter by causing ______ to fuse with the axonal membrane.

 
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Question 13.
Monoamine oxidase (MAO) is an enzyme which is involved in:

 
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Question 14.
A second messenger is:

 
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Question 15.
The central nervous system consists of the:

 
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Question 16.
What is the 'master gland' of the hormone system?

 
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Question 17.
Grey matter is composed of ______ whilst white matter is composed of ______.

 
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Question 18.
As the spinal cord enters the brain it develops into the:

 
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Question 19.
The two main structures of the diencephalon are the:

 
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Question 20.
Which of the following structures is not an area of the forebrain?

 
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