Intro to Psych, Modules 5 and 6

Intro to Psych, Modules 5 and 6 - The Brain: Modules 5 & 6...

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Older Brain Structures o The Brainstem is the oldest part of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells and enters the skull. It is responsible for automatic survival functions. The Brain Stem o Medulla controls heartbeat and breathing o Pons hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions, facial sensation, and posture o Reticular Formation involved in arousal – sleep/wake cycle o Thalamus “sensory switchboard” – transmits sensory information to sensory cortex and replies from cortex to cerebellum and medulla Cerebellum o Coordination of voluntary movement and balance Limbic System o Doughnut-shaped system of neural structures at the border of the brainstem and cerebrum, associated with emotions such as fear, aggression and drives for food and sex. It includes the hippocampus, amygdala, and hypothalamus. Hippocampus o Involved in the creation and storage of long term memory Amygdala o Two lima bean-sized neural clusters linked to the emotions of fear and anger Hypothalamus
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course PSYC 2000 taught by Professor Munson during the Fall '10 term at LSU.

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Intro to Psych, Modules 5 and 6 - The Brain: Modules 5 & 6...

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