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2 The Brain zBrainstem ythe oldest part and central core of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells as it enters the skull yresponsible for automatic survival functions zMedulla [muh-DUL-uh] ybase of the brainstem ycontrols heartbeat and breathing

3 The Brain

4 zReticular Formation ya nerve network in the brainstem that plays an important role in controlling arousal zThalamus [THAL-uh-muss] ythe brain’s sensory switchboard, located on top of the brainstem yit directs messages to the sensory receiving areas in the cortex and transmits replies to the cerebellum and medulla

5 The Brain zCerebellum [sehr- uh-BELL-um] ythe “little brain” attached to the rear of the brainstem yit helps coordinate voluntary movement and balance

6 The Brain zLimbic System ya doughnut-shaped system of neural structures at the border of the brainstem and cerebral hemispheres yassociated with emotions such as fear and aggression and drives such as those for food and sex yincludes the hippocampus, amygdala, and hypothalamus. zAmygdala [ah-MIG-dah-la] ytwo almond-shaped neural clusters that are components of the limbic system and are linked to emotion

7 The Limbic System zHypothalamus yneural structure lying below (hypo) the thalamus ydirects several maintenance activities xeating xdrinking xbody temperature yhelps govern the endocrine system via the pituitary gland yis linked to emotion

8 The Limbic System

9 zElectrode implanted in reward center

10 The Cerebral Cortex zCerebral Cortex ythe intricate fabric of interconnected neural cells that covers the cerebral hemispheres ythe body’s ultimate control and information processing center zGlial Cells ycells in the nervous system that are not neurons but that support, nourish, and protect neurons

11 The Cerebral Cortex zFrontal Lobes yinvolved in speaking and muscle movements and in making plans and judgments zParietal Lobes yinclude the sensory cortex zOccipital Lobes yinclude the visual areas, which receive visual information from the opposite visual field zTemporal Lobes yinclude the auditory areas

12 The Cerebral Cortex

13 zMotor Cortex yarea at the rear of the frontal lobes that controls voluntary movements zSensory Cortex yarea at the front of the parietal lobes that registers and processes body sensations

14 The Cerebral Cortex

15 zFunctional MRI scan of the visual cortex activated by light shown in the subject’s eyes`

16 Visual and Auditory Cortex Auditory cortex Visual cortex

17 Association Areas zareas of the cerebral cortex that are not involved in primary motor or sensory functions zinvolved in higher mental functions such as learning, remembering, thinking, and speaking

18 The Cerebral Cortex zAphasia yimpairment of language, usually caused by left hemisphere damage either to Broca’s area (impairing speaking) or to Wernicke’s area (impairing understanding) zBroca’s Area yan area of the left frontal lobe that directs the muscle movements involved in speech zWernicke’s Area yan area of the left temporal lobe involved in language comprehension

19 Specialization and Integration

20 zBrain activity when hearing, seeing, and speaking words

21 Brain Reorganization zPlasticity ythe brain’s capacity for modification as evident in brain reorganization following damage (especially in children) and in experiments on the effects of experience on brain development

22 Our Divided Brain zCorpus Callosum ylargest bundle of neural fibers yconnects the two brain hemispheres ycarries messages between the hemispheres Corpus callosum

23 Our Divided Brain zThe information highway from the eyes to the brain

24 Split Brain za condition in which the two hemispheres of the brain are isolated by cutting the connecting fibers (mainly those of the corpus callosum) between them

25 Split Brain “Look at the dot.” Two words separated by a dot are momentarily projected. “What word did you see?” or “Point with your left hand to the word you saw.”

26 Disappearing Southpaws zThe percentage of left-handers decreases sharply in samples of older people (adapted from Coren, 1993). The percentage of lefties sharply declines with age Age in years 14% Percentage of left-handedness

27 Cerebral cortex Left hemisphere Right hemisphere Corpus callosum Thalamus Hypothalamus Pituitary Reticular formation Medulla Spinal cord Cerebellum Amygdala Hippocampus Cerebral cortex Limbic system Brainstem

28 Neural and Hormonal Systems zEndocrine System ythe body’s “slow” chemical communication system ya set of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream

29 Neural and Hormonal Systems zHormones ychemical messengers, mostly those manufactured by the endocrine glands, that are produced in one tissue and affect another zAdrenal [ah-DREEN-el] Glands ya pair of endocrine glands just above the kidneys ysecrete the hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline), which help to arouse the body in times of stress zPituitary Gland yunder the influence of the hypothalamus, the pituitary regulates growth and controls other endocrine glands


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