Anatomy and Physiology Special Senses
Of the Nervous System
A Video Review

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This page of our Crash Course presentation of A & P for the health care student, massage therapy student and especially the massage and bodywork licensure candidate will cover the Special Senses of the Nervous System.  We would like to take another opportunity to thank Crash Course YouTube Channel and provide a link to there supporters page if you would like to make a contribution to Crash Course: Crash Course is now on Patreon! You can support them directly by signing up at http://www.patreon.com/crashcourse.

Anatomy & Physiology is 12% of the MBLEx Massage and Bodywork Licensure Examination offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board.  A subcategory of A & P is Special Senses of the Nervous System.  The odds are that you may see 1 to 2 questions on the special senses some may have a few more and some may not see any questions concerning special senses on their exam.

Anatomy and Physiology Special Senses
MBLEx A & P Review Crash Course: Taste & Smell

The sense of taste and smell are rather important experiences within our lives that we may tend to overlook.  These senses provide us with an amazing a ray of experiences beyond letting us know how wonderful our gourmet dinner tastes and smells.  Hank starts out this session of crash course by explaining the various ways that people can loose their sense of taste and smell.  He discusses the structure and function of the Olfactory Sensory Neurons.  He explains the role of the receptors, glomerulus, mitral cells and brain.  The course continues to cover taste receptor epithelial cells and receptor trigger action potential to four different cranial nerves.

Learning Resources: Taste & Smell


The following sets of slides are provided for by McGraw-Hill Online. There are four slides study the slides and read the provided descriptions and explanations.  You can click on highlighted vocabulary within the slides to open an online glossary giving the definition for the highlighted word.

Knowledge Check Point

Here are two animations one on Taste and one on Smell followed by a short quiz to test your retention of the material covered.

Anatomy and Physiology Special Senses
MBLEx A & P Review Crash Course: Hearing & Balance

Hank explains how cochlea, basilar membrane, and hair cells register and transduct sound into action potentials.  He goes on to explain how the vestibular apparatus responds to specific motions.  Hank then discusses how humans keep their equilibrium. 

Learning Resources: Hearing

Here is a set of slides provided by McGraw-Hill Online on the structure and function of hearing. Take your time to study the images and read the descriptions.  The last slide provides a link to an Animation. 

Knowledge Check Point

Here is an Animation and Quiz on the Structure and Function of Human Hearing.

Anatomy and Physiology Special Senses
MBLEx A & P Review Crash Course: Vision

Hank begins this learning session on site with an optical illusion.  He then goes on to discuss the structure and layers that make up the eye ball.  These are the fibrous, vascular and inner layers of the eye.  Next he explains the structure and function of the retina.  Hank concludes this lesson with an explanation of the structure and function of the photoreceptors of the eye the rods and cones.   

Learning Resources: Vision

Here is a set of slides provided by McGraw-Hill Online on the structure and function of vision. Take your time to study the images and read the descriptions.  The last slide provides a link to an Animation. 

Knowledge Check Point

Here is an Animation and Quiz on the structure and function on Human Vision.

Next we have several quizzes covering special senses as a group.

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