2 types of processes that differ in structure and function:
•Dendrites are thin, branched processes whose main function is to receive incoming signals.
•They effectively increase the surface area of a neuron to increase its ability to communicate with other neurons.
•Small, mushroom-shaped dendritic spines further increase the SA
•Convey info towards the soma thru the use of graded potentials – which are somewhat similar to action potentials.