Neural adaptation or sensory adaptation is a gradual decrease over time in the responsiveness of the sensory system to a constant stimulus.It is usually experienced as a change in the stimulus. (Approximately 12 billion neurons exist in the human body, the great majority of them in the brain and spinal cord.) Axons are long, threadlike structures covered with a layer of fat. McCool, K.H. The BBC reveals that both types of fibers reach a maximum length of one meter. The dendrites allow for communication with other neurons. The above example is a very general description. PLAY. Nerve cell have very long axons which can take the message a very long way before passing it on to the next cell, this makes it quicker. Cell Injury , Cell Death, and Adaptations Ch1. Muscle Cell Function. - Numerous dendrites to pass information to neighbouring nerve cells. Nerve cells have very long axons being they can deliver messages for a longer time before passing it on to the next cell, which makes this process significantly faster. Nerve cells transmit electrical impulses around the body. Nerve Cell Many nerve cells are of the basic type illustrated above. Some kind of stimulus triggers an electric discharge of the cell which is analogous to the discharge of a capacitor.This produces an electrical pulse on the order of 50-70 millivolts called an action potential.The electrical impulse propagates down the fiber-like extension of the nerve cell (the axon). Their job is to process information and maintain the nerve cell by producing proteins. Protruding from the cell body are one or more short extensions called dendrites and one long extension called the axon. The neuron is the nerve cell. - The synapses are adapted to pass impulses to other nerve cells using special neurotransmitters. The nerves cells are rather long which enables communication with distant body parts. Because adaptation effects are often profound at both the neural and perceptual levels, it has been widely used as a tool to probe the neuronal signals underlying perception. 2.10.3.8 Adaptation. Nerve cells are made of cell bodies, axons and dendrites. C.H. Fibers called dendrites transmit electrical impulses to the cell body, and axon fibers collect the impulses from the body and transmit them toward the next cell in the given neural pathway. The adaptations of a nerve cell are dendrites with receptor proteins, an axon, myelin, synaptic terminals and neurotransmitters. Types of Neurons (Nerve Cells) The human body is made up of trillions of cells. Cells of the nervous system, called nerve cells or neurons, are specialized to carry "messages" through an electrochemical process.The human brain has approximately 86 billion neurons. 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