Hormones and Stress

Module 3
Hormones and Stress

The Electrochemical Matrix, Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Responses

Content Summary

Autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, stress and brief introduction to immune system



Organisation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions
Neural regulating centers: brain stem, hypothalamus and limbic systems
Organisation of the endocrine system; hormones and glands
Electrochemical interaction between the ANS and the endocrine system and how hormones and neural responses control the body in dynamic equilibrium – homeostasis
Stress and the role of the neuroendocrine system
Brief look at links into the immune system –psychoneuroimmunology, molecules of emotion

What this module is about

How communication and intelligence is coordinated via chemical messengers of the nervous, endocrine and immune systems
Introducing concepts of stress and overwhelm and how this affects the physiology of the body