In this episode we explore the anatomy and physiology of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. We describe the hormones produced by each and what they do! We also talk about certain diseases that can arise from having either too much or not enough of these hormones!
We talk about oxytocin, vasopressin (ADH), growth hormone, prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, thyroid stimulating hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, and leutenizing hormone! So many!!!!
Wow! This episode has some great facts and information! Such as:
- Brain metabolism (sugar, lactate, and ketones)
- Frontal lobe (Phineas Gage getting a rod through his head, motor cortex, dementia, and Broca's aphasia - inability to create words)
- Parietal lobe (Sensory cortex, phantom limb, neuroplasticity, disowning your own body parts)
- Temporal lobe (memory, learning, epilepsy and religious experiences, Wernicke's aphasia - word-salad)
- Occpital lobe (interpreting vision, visual disorders)
- Insula (food avoidance after food poisoning)
- Corpus Callosum (Split brain experiment, separating consciousness, confabulation)
- Cerebellum (proprioception, balance, cerebral ataxia, walking on all four limbs, getting drunk)
In this episode Dr. Matt and Dr. Mike introduce the nervous system. They outline the various components of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (cranial nerves and spinal nerves) and discuss its primary functions. Dr. Matt also explains to Dr. Mike the embryological development of the nervous system.