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1 The Brain Unit 3B. 2 The Brain  The Tools of Discovery  Older Brain Structures  The Cerebral Cortex  Our Divided Brain  Left Brain-Right Brain.

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1 1 The Brain Unit 3B

2 2 The Brain  The Tools of Discovery  Older Brain Structures  The Cerebral Cortex  Our Divided Brain  Left Brain-Right Brain

3 3 The Brain Techniques to Study the Brain Brain lesion experimentally destroys brain tissue to study animal behaviors after such destruction. Hubel (1990)

4 4 Clinical Observation Clinical observations have shed light on a number of brain disorders. Alterations in brain morphology due to neurological and psychiatric diseases are now being catalogued. Tom Landers/ Boston Globe

5 5 Electroencephalogram (EEG) An amplified recording of the electrical waves sweeping across the brain’s surface, measured by electrodes placed on the scalp. AJ Photo/ Photo Researchers, Inc.

6 6 PET Scan PET (positron emission tomography) Scan a visual display of brain activity that detects a radioactive form of glucose while the brain performs a given task. Courtesy of National Brookhaven National Laboratories

7 7 MRI Scan MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce computer- generated images that distinguish among different types of brain tissue. Top images show ventricular enlargement in a schizophrenic patient. Bottom image shows brain regions when a participants lies. Both photos from Daniel Weinberger, M.D., CBDB, NIMH James Salzano/ Salzano PhotoLucy Reading/ Lucy Illustrations

8 8 Older Brain Structures Brainstem the oldest part of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells and enters the skull. Responsible for automatic survival functions.

9 9 Brain Stem Medulla [muh-DUL-uh] base of the brainstem, controls heartbeat and breathing. Reticular Formation a nerve network in the brainstem that plays an important role in controlling arousal.

10 10 Brain Stem Thalamus [THAL-uh- muss] the brain’s sensory switchboard, located on top of the brainstem. It directs messages to the sensory areas in the cortex and transmits replies to the cerebellum and medulla.

11 11 The “little brain” attached to the rear of the brainstem. It helps coordinate voluntary movements and balance. Cerebellum

12 12 Limbic System a doughnut-shaped system of neural structures at the border of the brainstem and cerebrum, associated with emotions such as fear, aggression and drives for food and sex. It includes the hippocampus, amygdala, and hypothalamus. The Limbic System

13 13 Amygdala Amygdala [ah-MIG- dah-la] two almond- shaped neural clusters linked to emotion of fear and anger.

14 14 Hypothalamus Hypothalamus lies below (hypo) the thalamus; directs several maintenance activities like eating, drinking, body temperature, and emotions. Helps govern the endocrine system via the pituitary gland.

15 15 Rats cross an electrified grid for self-stimulation, when electrodes are placed in the reward (hypothalamus) center (top picture). When the limbic system is manipulated rat will navigate fields or climb up a tree (bottom picture). Reward Center Sanjiv Talwar, SUNY Downstate

16 16 The Cerebral Cortex The intricate fabric of interconnected neural cells that covers the cerebral hemispheres. The body’s ultimate control and information processing center.

17 17 Structure of the Cortex Each brain hemisphere is divided into four lobes, separated by prominent fissures. They are frontal lobes (forehead), parietal lobes (top to rear head), occipital lobes (back head) and temporal lobes (side of head).

18 18 Functions of the Cortex Motor Cortex area at the rear of the frontal lobes controls voluntary movements. Sensory Cortex (parietal cortex) receives information from skin surface and sense organs.

19 19 Visual Function Functional MRI scan shows the visual cortex activates as the subject looks at faces. Courtesy of V.P. Clark, K. Keill, J. Ma. Maisog, S. Courtney, L.G. Ungerleider, and J.V. Haxby, National Institute of Mental Health

20 20 Auditory Function Functional MRI scan shows the auditory cortex is activate in patients who hallucinate.

21 21 More intelligent animals have increased “uncommitted” or association areas of the cortex. Association Areas

22 22 Language Aphasia is an impairment of language, usually caused by left hemisphere damage either to Broca’s area (impaired speaking) or to Wernicke’s area (impaired understanding).

23 23 Specialization & Integration Brain activity when hearing, seeing, and speaking words

24 24 Brain is sculpted by our genes but also by our experiences. Plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to modify itself after some type of injury or illness. The Brain’s Plasticity

25 25 Our Divided Brain Our brain is divided into two hemispheres. Left hemisphere processes reading, writing, speaking, mathematical, comprehension skills, and thus termed as the dominant brain in the 1960s.

26 26 Splitting the Brain A procedure in which the two hemispheres of the brain are isolated by cutting the connecting fibers (mainly those of the corpus callosum) between them. Corpus Callosum Martin M. Rother Courtesy of Terence Williams, University of Iowa

27 27 Split Brain Patients With the corpus callosum severed, objects (apple) presented in the right visual field can be named. Objects (pencil) in the left visual field cannot.

28 28 Divided Consciousness

29 29 Try This! Try drawing two shapes with both of you hands simultaneously. BBC

30 30 Non-Split Brains People with intact brains also show left-right hemispheric differences in mental abilities. A number of brain scan studies have shown normal individuals engage their right brain when they engage in a perceptual task, and left brain when carrying out a linguistic task.

31 31 Brain Organization & Handedness Is handedness inherited? Yes. Archival and historic studies to modern medical studies point that right hand is preferred. This suggests, genes and/or prenatal factors influence handedness.

32 32 Is it All Right to be Left Handed? Being a left hander is difficult in a right-handed world.

33 33 Is it All Right to be Left Handed? The percentage of left-handers decreases sharply in samples of older people (Coren, 1993).

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