The Brain - The Brain 5. Identify and describe several...

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The Brain 5. Identify and describe several techniques for studying the brain. The oldest method of studying the brain involved observing the effects of brain diseases and injuries. Powerful new techniques now reveal brain structures and activities in the living brain. By surgically lesioning and electrically stimulating specific brain areas, by recording electrical activity on the brain's surface (EEG), and by displaying activity with computer-aided brain scans (CT, PET, MRI), neuroscientists examine the connections between brain, mind, and behavior. 6. Describe the functions of the brainstem, thalamus, and cerebellum. The brainstem, the brain's oldest and innermost region, includes the medulla, which controls heartbeat and breathing, and the reticular formation, which controls arousal. Atop the brainstem is the thalamus, the brain's sensory switchboard. It receives information from all the senses except smell and sends it to the higher brain regions that deal with seeing, hearing, tasting, and touching. The cerebellum, attached to the rear of
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