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Biopsychology – The Nervous and Endocrine Systems

2. Neurotransmitters

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In this module, we think about the different types of neurotransmitters that play a role in synaptic transmission. We begin by looking at how the term ‘neurotransmitter’ can be defined, before moving on to explore two major categories of neurotransmitter substances: (i) small molecules, including acetylcholine, amino acids and catecholamines; and (ii) neuropeptides, including oxytocin, vasopressin and different opiates.


In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) discusses the functions of the nervous system and the endocrine system. We begin by looking at the role of neurons, focussing on the process of synaptic transmission in module one, different types of neurotransmitters in module two, and the impact of recreational drugs on the brain in module three. In module four, we turn to the endocrine system and discuss how the different hormones produced by our endocrine glands are used to regulate bodily functions and processes. The final module looks at how the nervous system and the endocrine system work together in producing the ‘fight or flight’ response when our body is confronted with a threat.


Mr Kevin Silber is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby where he mainly teaches on biological psychology modules. He is also an A level examiner for AQA and is involved in authoring texts for A level psychology. His research interests are somewhat eclectic. Having started life as a neuroscientist, he still has an interest in biologically oriented research. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image.

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Silber, K. (2020, January 30). Biopsychology – The Nervous and Endocrine Systems - Neurotransmitters [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Silber, Kevin. "Biopsychology – The Nervous and Endocrine Systems – Neurotransmitters." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 30 Jan 2020,

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