Hypothalamus
  • The hypothalamus is the section of the brain that is the center for control for various autonomic functions of the peripheral nervous system.
  • Only around the size of a pearl
  • Connects with endocrine and nervous system
  • Plays vital role in the maintaining of homeostasis
  • Limbic system structure – therefore influences emotional responses
  • Plays a role in sexual maturation as well as physical maturation
  • Hormonal body processes
  • Functions the Hypothalamus is involved in
    • Homeostasis
    • Endocrine
    • Food and Water Intake Regulation
    • Autonomic
    • Motor Functions
    • Sleep-Wake Cycle Regulation
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Links:
http://biology.about.com/od/anatomy/p/Hypothalamus.htm
http://www.pauerhome.com/ryan/endocrine_system/hypothalamus.html