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Unformatted text preview: 1 The Human Brain The human brain is one of the most interesting parts of the human body. It is also one of the most unknown and complicated parts of the body. It controls our thoughts, our emotions, and also our autonomic functions as well as many other things. As shown in our textbook, Psychology: Themes and Variations, the brain is split up into 3 major parts: the hindbrain, the midbrain, and the forebrain. The hindbrain includes the cerebellum, medulla, and the pons. The medulla is in charge of some essential bodily functions such as breathing and regulating circulation. The pons is involved with sleep and arousal, and also works as a bridge between the brainstem and the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the largest part of the hindbrain. It controls movement coordination and physical balance. Damage to the cerebellum will hinder your fine motor skills. The midbrain is a piece of the brainstem between the hindbrain and forebrain. The midbrain contains a section that deals with sensory processes and also a dopamine system that is involved in...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 155 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '08 term at Pittsburg State Uiversity.
- Fall '08