Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of the central nervous system.
  • Name the structures in the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain.
  • Predict how damage to specific brain structures will impact specific behaviors.
  • Describe the components that protect the brain from damage.
  • Examine the functions of the peripheral nervous system divisions.
  • Explain how the peripheral and central nervous systems interact in generating experiences and behavior.
  • Summarize the changes that the nervous system undergoes during typical development.
  • Illustrate the changes that occur in the nervous system as the result of experiences.