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Organisation of the nervous system

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    I'm curious as to whether the autonomic nervous system is simply made up of the autonomic motor neurones? And if such is true then are the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems just types of autonomic motor neurons?

    If not, could you please explain the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and sensory & motor systems to me or link me to a good video explaining it.


    It's true that the autonomic nervous system is only referring to the efferent fibres, i.e. The neurons leaving the central nervous system. I don't think it is just motor neurons though, you also have the relay neurons involved, everything that is involved after the CNS. The autonomic nervous system controls skeletal muscle (eg. Diaphragm) smooth muscle (e.g. In arteries) and the myocardium (heart), as well as glands etc (e.g. Adrenal glands). Parasympathetic and sympathetic branches have differences in the neurotransmitters (chemicals) they release so they have a different effect on the effector.

    What do you want to know about how they are connected? sensory neurons just give feedback to the CNS (spinal cord, brain) that coordinates responses and Relay information to your effector muscle through Motor neurons.
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