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5. The Fight or Flight Response
- Image Credits
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the role of the nervous system and the endocrine system in helping our body respond to a threat. We begin by considering the physiological changes that take place when the autonomic nervous system (ANS) changes from its resting (parasympathetic) state to an aroused (sympathetic) state as a consequence of being confronted with a stressor. We then explore in more detail how the ANS and the endocrine system work together in first recognising a potential threat and then bringing about the state of increased physiological alertness commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response.
In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) discusses the functions of the nervous system and the endocrine system. We begin by looking at the role of neurons, focussing on the process of synaptic transmission in module one, different types of neurotransmitters in module two, and the impact of recreational drugs on the brain in module three. In module four, we turn to the endocrine system and discuss how the different hormones produced by our endocrine glands are used to regulate bodily functions and processes. The final module looks at how the nervous system and the endocrine system work together in producing the ‘fight or flight’ response when our body is confronted with a threat.
Mr Kevin Silber is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby where he mainly teaches on biological psychology modules. He is also an A level examiner for AQA and is involved in authoring texts for A level psychology. His research interests are somewhat eclectic. Having started life as a neuroscientist, he still has an interest in biologically oriented research. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image.
Cite this Lecture
Silber, K. (2020, January 30). The Nervous System and the Endocrine System - The Fight or Flight Response [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-nervous-system-and-the-endocrine-system/the-fight-or-flight-response
Silber, Kevin. "The Nervous System and the Endocrine System – The Fight or Flight Response." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 30 Jan 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-nervous-system-and-the-endocrine-system/the-fight-or-flight-response