By the end of this module, you will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts regarding the
physiology of the nervous system
- discuss the function of the cells of the nervous system
- describe how cells in the nervous system communicate with each
- explain how neurotransmitters are synthesised and degraded, and
describe their roles in the nervous system
- describe how synapses are structured and the role this plays in
- list the various receptor types and describe their modes of
The brain is a complex yet fascinating organ. Subtle changes in
structure or function can lead to a range of symptoms – as
clinicians we both classify and modulate these manifestations using
Knowledge of the basic structure and function of the nervous
system will enhance your understanding of the complex interplay
between psychotropic drugs and the brain, including both
therapeutic and side-effects.
Familiarity with the different cells, chemicals and
processes that make up both the central and peripheral nervous
system is essential to an understanding of the ‘healthy’ brain and
the mechanisms at play when insult, injury or illness is
In this module we will take a look at the main components of the
nervous system and how they communicate with each other. We hope
that this will enable you to have a wider understanding of the
processes that underpin certain psychiatric illnesses and
We recommend that you make some notes as you work
through this module.
The 'TrOn Notebook' facility can be accessed
throughout the module (allowing you to make notes on each page),
and these notes will be saved in your personal area 'My TrOn', for
future reference. However, you will not be able to print these
notes as one single document.
If you would prefer to make your notes in a
separate document you may wish to download the 'learning notes'
below. This downloadable Word document will allow you to keep a
personalised record of your learning, which you can then save
and/or print for future reference.
the learning notes document for this module