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Brain structures and behavior ch. Layers of the brain and localization of functions brain stem medulla Reticular activating system: carries nerve messages up to brain, it means “net” and looks like a fishnet taking electricity to the brain field. (ascending system- takes everything up) (descending system-notifies the brain of a need for more energy) Pons: sponge that brain sits up on top of. generates electrical activity during the night to serves to keep your brain still functioning. very important in study of dreams. cerebellum: little computer that helps you understand where your arms and your hands are: awareness. Controls impulses from body parts. Alcohol slows down the cerebellum and your coordination is thrown off because your brain receives the impulse of where your hand was where it was 5 mins ago, but you already moved it which is why people fal, knock things over etc. Cerebellum is related to conditioning of the dogs/salivating. important b/c of language functions and is a main part of autism diagnosis and treatment. Cerebellum controls language, however, when given a computer, and autistic person can type their thoughts where they dont have motor coordination to talk. Limbic system: hypothalamus: lower thalamus, controls appetite, sleep, interest in sexual activities and controls mood. In depression, it is due to low activity in the hypothalamus. Neur-
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2009 for the course PSYC 104 taught by Professor Reysen during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.

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