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Brainstem

Most basic part of the brain. Where spinal. Cord swells and becomes the brain.

A blossoming rose

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Medulla

The first swell and in. Charge of basic life support functions. Injuring this could lead to death

Breathing, circulation, swallowing

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Reticular information

A nerve network in the brain stem that is important in controlling wakefulness and arousal

Almost like a battery

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Thalamus

Incoming fibers of all senses come and are distributed to the proper regions of the brain

Switchboard or telephone operator

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Cerebellum

Helps coordinate balance and voluntary movement

Like the wheels and pedals on a bike

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Case study

Studying in depth one person or situation

Studying one student in a library

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Computerized Axial Tomography

Photographs taken at different angles and combined by a computer into a composite representation of a slice through the body.

A 3d image created

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a computer generated images that distinguish among different types of soft tissue

A sensor of some sort

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Electroencephologram

Amplified recording if the waves of electrical activity that go across the brains surface

Earthquake reader

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Positron Emission Tomography

A visual display of brain activity that detects where a radioactive form of glucose goes while the brain performs a given task

Watching a heartbeat quicken while someone watches a scary movie

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Lambic System

Ring of structures forms the border between the older core regions and the newer ones

Layers of scale developing on a snake

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Hypothalamus

Helps regulate many of body's important functions like hungry or thirsts and the fight or flight response to a situation

The decision maker

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Hippocampus

Processes new memories

Like a compute that has gathered new information

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Amygdala

Controls emotional responses

Almond shaped

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Cerebral cortex

Ultimate control and information processing center.

Glove that coves the parts of the brain

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Longitudinal fissure

Divides the brain into two halves

The crack in the brain

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Corpus Callosum

Neural fibers that connect the two halves of the brain together
A telephone wire

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Frontal lobes

Enable more advanced cognitive thinking. Making plans and judgments.

Then leader of the brain

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Parietal lobes

For general processing and mathematical reasoning

A computer

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Occipital lobes

Visual processing area.

You see with the back of your brain

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Temporal lobes

Sound information is processed here

Like a radio

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Motor cortex

In charge of movement of body parts

Like a person controlling a puppet on strings

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Somatosensory cortex

Registers and processes body sensations

When your foot is asleep

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Broca's area

Directs muscle movement involved in speech

The "mouth" of the brain

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Wernicke's area

Language comprehension and expression

Learning a new language such as Spanish

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Plasticity

The brains capacity for modification

How much the brain can change, evolve, and improve itself