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PSYCH 104 Brain Study Guide Cerebellum: Coordinates left and right hand movements on the steering wheel. Medulla : Regulates breathing and heart rate while we concentrate on driving. Pons: Assists in the coordination of driving motions an in alertness. Reticular formation: Regulates our alertness or drowsiness as we drive. Ask students what actions they take to keep alert at the wheel (e.g., open windows, play music, drink caffeinated beverages). Thalamus: Relays visual and auditory cues to areas of the cerebrum. Hypothalamus: Makes us aware when we are too hot or too cold (to adjust the temperature controls), or too hungry, thirsty, or in need of a restroom stop. Amygdala: May be active during “road rage” (e.g., when another driver behaves recklessly). Hippocampus: Contributes to the formation of memories of road hazards for future trips. Corpus callosum: Shares sensory and motor driving information from both hemispheres. Frontal lobe Motor cortex:
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Unformatted text preview: Initiates driving actions (e.g., moves the right foot to the gas or brake pedals). Ask students to trace the pathway from the motor cortex to the right foot. Broca’s area: Initiates conversations with passengers or other drivers. Prefrontal cortex: Helps us in planning our routes (e.g., if we notice a hazard or detour). Parietal lobe: Helps us determine if our car may fit into a parking space (right parietal lobe). Somatosensory cortex: Registers the pressure of the right foot on the gas pedal or brake. Ask students to trace the pathway from the right foot to the somatosensory cortex. Occipital lobe Visual cortex : Processes the visual road signals (e.g., stop lights, speed limit signs). Temporal lobe Auditory cortex : Processes the sounds of other vehicles (e.g., sirens, horns, passing vehicles). Wernicke’s area: Processes speech sounds from passengers, other drivers, police officers....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PSYCH 104 taught by Professor Taylor during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.

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