Peripheral Nervous System

The peripheral nervous system sends information to the central nervous system to tell organs what to do. The peripheral nervous system is divided into two parts: the somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system.

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The somatic nervous system sends information to the central nervous system and to skeletal muscle.

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The somatic system is the part of the peripheral nervous system that is responsible for carrying motor and sensory information both to and from the central nervous system. This system is made up of nerves that connect to the skin, sensory organs and all skeletal muscles. The system is responsible for nearly all voluntary muscle movements as well as for processing sensory information that arrives via external stimuli including hearing, touch and sight.

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