The Cerebrum
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The Cerebrum

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will examine the structure and function of the cerebrum and will investigate what affects our levels of consciousness and how we store and retrieve memories.

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Video Images: Lobes of the Brain, Public Domain: http://bit.ly/UyrxIC; Cingula gyrus, Public Domain: http://bit.ly/UDhIDM; Human brain image, Creative Commons: http://bit.ly/SXaKvS; Cerebral Cortex image Taken by Aaron Mullally

  • Motor Areas

    Areas of the cerebral cortex that control voluntary movements.

  • Cerebrum

    A part of the brain located in the forebrain that processes incoming sensory input.

  • Cerebral Cortex

    The outer layer of the cerebrum that deals with conscious behaviors.

  • Sensory Areas

    Areas of the cerebral cortex that interpret the meaning of sensations.

  • Association Areas

    Areas of the cerebral cortex that processes information and works to produce an action.

  • Limbic System

    An area of the brain that controls emotions.

  • Conciousness

    The level of alertness of the brain.

  • Reticular Formation

    A network of neurons that runs through the brain.

  • Reticular Activating System

    A part of the reticular formation that plays a role in determining  our level of consciousness.

  • Memory

    The way in which the brain is able to store and retrieve information.

  • Short Term Memory

    Information that is stored for a short period of time.

  • Long Term Memory

    Information that is stored more permanently.

  • Corpus Callosum

    A band of nerve tracts that connects the hemispheres of the cerebrum.