Articles: Mapping the Mind

A basic understanding of the Human brain is crucial to any discussion about it. The more scientists and doctors learn about this complex organ, the greater the implications of those findings. But while it’s important to increase our knowledge, the amount of information about its various parts and functions is dizzying. For our purposes, I’ve composed a simple glossary for reference:

CEREBRUM (a.k.a. telencephalon): thick gray matter, which has two hemispheres– the left and the right

CORPUS COLLOSUM: nerve fibers that connect both of the cerebrum’s hemispheres

CEREBRAL CORTEX: a densely packed network of nerves on the outer surface of the cerebrum

BRAIN STEM: aptly-named, it extends into the spinal cord

CEREBELLUM: the area above the brain stem responsible for voluntary motor movements and balance

MENINGES: multi-layered membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord


FRONTAL LOBE: the area behind the forehead responsible for cognitive functions, controls voluntary movements

PARIETAL LOBE: the area near the top back that integrates sensory perception into voluntary movements

OCCIPITAL LOBE: the area at the back of the responsible for vision

TEMPORAL LOBE: the side area above each ear that controls hearing, some visual perception and memory

HIPPOCAMPUS: a thin curved region within the temporal lobe that affects memory and spatial navigation


More detailed Anatomy of the Human brain with diagrams:


Mayfield clinic

Centre for Neuro Skills

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