Function of the Spinal Cord

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The function of the spinal cord is to send signals to and from the brain, and it is able to regulate some of its own reflexes, in addition to being a sort of neural transfer network. Get more information on the spinal cord, a thin bundle of neural fibers, with help from a science teacher and field biologist in this free video on spinal cords and the central nervous system.

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Hi I'm Brian with Erickson tutoring dot blogspot dot com. Today we are going to discuss the function of the spinal cord. So the spinal cord is a long thin bundle of neural fibers that run along your back. They basically connect your brain to the rest of your body and they serve together with your brain as the central nervous system. So the spinal cord is able to send and receive signals to and from the brain, it sends all sorts of things basically anything your brain needs to know gets there through the spinal cord. But the spinal cord isn't just a sort of neural transfer network it also able to sort of regulate some of it's own reflexes and things like that. So it's extremely important when people's spinal cords are ruptured and they end up becoming paralyzed that's why your spinal cord is surrounded by a series of bones, your vertebrae or your spinal column. So this has been a brief discussion of the role of the spinal cord.

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