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Unformatted text preview: Reticular formation : a structure in the brain stem that maintains alertness and consciousness Corpus Callosum : large bundle of fiber connecting the two cortical hemispheres o Supports smooth coordination of movements on both sides of the body and integration of many aspects of thinking Influences on Growth Pituitary gland : located at the base of the brain, plays a critical role by releasing two hormones to induce growth o Growth hormone : necessary for development of all body tissues except the central nervous system and genitals o Thyroid- stimulating hormone : prompts the thyroid gland to release thyroxine, which is necessary for brain development and for GH to have its full impact on body size...
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- Spring '08