PSYB65H3 Lecture Notes - Delta 9, Reuptake, Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor

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5 Apr 2011

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Human brain is similar to other mammals in terms of organization. Cerebellum sensorimotor integration: allows you to stand up on 2 legs, erect balance, damaged cerebellum you look drunk. Medulla basic life processes not where you wanna have a stroke. Reticular formation many nuclei circadian rhythms damage causes coma the brain doesn"t wake you up. Forebrain most of the mass of the brain, favoured by evolution. Thalamus major relay centre, particularly in humans & higher mammals who have a huge neocortex. Info goes thru thalamus, which sends it into appropriate places. Hypothalamus life functions, but not primitive. Limbic system amygdala, hippocampus, cingulate cortex, hypothalamus deals with emotions. Cerebral cortex the most anterior and newest structure; aka neocortex. higher intellectual functions: speech, reasoning, intelligence, university stuff specific to humans. If i were a bird, and i were to construct an evolutionary tree, i"d put birds at the top: well, look at humans, they can"t even fly!