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Explain in detail the formal concept of homeostatic regulation. Additionally, give in detail, two applied examples of the concept.

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1. Explain in detail the formal concept of homeostatic regulation. Additionally, give in detail, two applied examples of the concept.

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Homeostasis was first coined by Walter Bradford Cannon (Brown & Fee, 2002). Homeostasis is the property of a system, which can be an open or closed system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition. In a steady state the rate of inputs is equal to the rate of outputs with the system being stable in time, but the environment changes and the adjustment and regulation mechanisms make homeostasis possible (see more on open and closed systems at http://epress.anu.edu.au/info_systems/mobile_devices/ch11s03.html). In fact, most homeostatic regulation is controlled by the release of hormones into the bloodstream by specific parts of the brain. However other regulatory processes maintain a balance through simply diffusion (Brown & Fee, 2002).

There are several examples to consider in understanding the concept of homeostasis regulation. For example, Cannon (as cited in Brown & Fee, 2002) found that when an organism is strongly aroused, the sympathetic division of its autonomic nervous system combines with the hormone adrenaline to mobilize the animal for an emergency response of "flight or fight." The ...

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