Reflecting on the Impacts of Science: Nervous System Disorders

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This research guide has been developed to support students reflecting on the impact of science; it explores how science is aiding in the detection and treatment of nervous system disorders.


Your nervous system controls much of what your body does. It allows you to do things like walk, speak, swallow, breathe and learn, and controls how your body reacts in an emergency.

Your brain sends messages through your spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system to:

  • control the movement of your arms and legs
  • control the automatic functions of your body, such as the operations of your heart, your organs and your glands.

(Health Direct, 2017)

This guide covers degenerative neurological diseases: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Motor Neurone disease and Alzheimer's disease as well as other nervous system disorders such as: epilepsy, shingles, stroke, spinal cord injuries, depression and anxiety.

Nervous System

Smith, D. (2008). The nervous system [Television Series]. Marcom Projects:QLD


The Nervous System

Nervous System

 TWIG. (n.d.). The nervous system? [Video file]. Retrieved from

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