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Saltatory conduction


This animation presents the two modes of conduction of nerve messages :

  • Continuous conduction
  • Sal tatory conduction

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  • To distinguish between continuous and saltatory conduction.
  • To understand the advantage that accrues, in terms of speed of conduction, from the presence of a myelin sheath.
  • To understand how the action potential propagates from node to node in saltatory conduction.
  • To clarify the idea of local currents and their importance in the regeneration of the action potential.