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Hypothalamus and Brainstem

by Thad Wilson, PhD
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    00:00 Now, lets move a little bit to some of the higher brain structures.

    00:05 The brain stem and the hypothalamus.

    00:07 Cause this are integratedly involved in the autonomic nervous system response.

    00:13 The brain stem in fact is the major controller for many of the different homeostatic mechanisms that we’ve discussed.

    00:22 The respiratory centers are located in the brain stem.

    00:25 And so this is the spot that we are going to send and receiving information based upon what the chemoreceptors tell us about PO2, PCO2 and hydrogen ions.

    00:36 This are just the rate of breathing, the depth of breathing and controls the respiratory muscles.

    00:44 The cardiovascular system is also in the brainstem.

    00:49 Here is where you have the information from both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

    00:55 Will control things like the rate of the heart and vascular resistance via the blood vessels.

    01:01 Then you have a number of smaller reflex centers.

    01:05 One, can be controlling the bladder. And you have the other ones that control things like vomiting.

    01:10 Other ones that control swallowing. There are number of brain stem reflexes that are controlled at this particular level.

    01:19 The hypothalamus is the other component of the brain that involves a lot of the regulatory features.

    01:26 So let’s go through some of the most important nuclei now.

    01:29 And throughout the course, we will be revisiting this important nuclei as they come up in relation to the organ system involved.

    01:38 Well, the paraventricular nucleus is very important, in that, it releases a couple of posterior pituitary hormones.

    01:46 Oxytocin and anti-diuretic hormone also known as arginine vasopressin.

    01:52 These are important for the things like water balance.

    01:56 The anterior and preoptic areas of the hypothalamus, this is involve for thermoregulation, controlling things like sweating and shivering.

    02:05 Some of our blood vessel control for dilating or constricting the skin.

    02:10 Receives some of the information from our healing cold receptors.

    02:15 The supraoptic nucleus, this is also important for releasing oxytocin, antidiuretic hormone and arginine vasopressin.

    02:27 The suprachiasmatic nuclei, this is really important for controlling our circadian rhythms.

    02:33 We have varying isolations in some of our hormone release base upon of its day or night.

    02:38 And this is an important spot in which this occurs.

    02:42 It is gonna get some feedback from the eyes. And so, it has some photoreceptor input to this specific area.

    02:49 So they did know some of that information about what time and date is.

    02:53 And if there are some resetting in that inherit clock in the hypothalamus.

    02:59 If we look more now at the lateral hypothalamus, here is where we are going to look at areas that are involves in thirst and hunger.

    03:07 And so, this will control our ability to wanting taking more fluid if we are dehydrated.

    03:13 Also allows us to taking food when we are hungry for our GI Tract.

    03:18 The posterior hypothalamus, this is more involved in relaying signals as well as the mammillary body that helps with some of those visual memories along with the amygdala and couple other structures in that close area.

    03:31 So these are not necessarily the memories that you are think of fond childhood memories.

    03:37 these are more are visceral responses.

    03:40 We also have other pos spots in the hypothalamus that controls specific behaviors.

    03:46 And this will be related to both emotions as well as circadian rhythms.

    03:50 And then finally, the things about when we’re full or some endocrine control of our various hormones in our hypothalamic pituitary access.


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    The lecture Hypothalamus and Brainstem by Thad Wilson, PhD is from the course Neurophysiology.


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Suprachiasmatic nucleus
    2. Preoptic nucleus
    3. Periventricular nucleus
    4. Supraoptic nucleus
    1. Lateral nucleus
    2. Preoptic nucleus
    3. Supraoptic nucleus
    4. Mamillary body
    1. Oxytocin
    2. Growth hormone
    3. ACTH
    4. Prolactin
    5. Aldosterone
    1. Lateral area
    2. Anterior hypothalamus
    3. Ventromedial area
    4. Suprachiasmatic nucleus
    5. Posterior hypothalamus

    Author of lecture Hypothalamus and Brainstem

     Thad Wilson, PhD

    Thad Wilson, PhD


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