Autonomic Nervous System

  • W. Jänig


The Autonomic nervous system, which innervates primarily the smooth musculature of all organs, the heart and the glands, mediates the neuronal regulation of the internal milieu. The actions of this system, as its name implies, are in general not under direct voluntary control. These characteristics distinguish the Autonomic nervous system from the somatic nervous system, which mediates afferent and efferent communication with the environment and, for the most part, is subject to voluntary control and accessible to consciousness.


Autonomic Nervous System Limbic System Adrenal Medulla Enteric Nervous System Medial Forebrain Bundle 
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