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PSYC 1000

Note Module 5Physicians noted for example that damage to one side of the brain often caused numbness or paralysis on the bodys opposite side suggesting that the bodys right side is wired to the brains left side and vice versa Others noticed that damage to the back of the brain disrupted vision and that damage to the leftfront part of the brain produced speech difficulties Gradually these early explorers were mapping the brainIn primitive animals such as sharks a notsocomplex brain primarily regulates basic survival functions breathing resting and feeding In lower mammals such as rodents a more complex brain enables emotion and greater memory In advanced mammals such as humans a brain that processes more information enables foresight as wellThe cerebellum enables one type of nonverbal learning and memory It helps us judge time modulate our emotions and discriminate sounds and textures BowerParsons 2003 It also coordinates voluntary movement When soccer great David Beckham fires the ball into the net with a perfectly timed kick give his cerebellum some credit If you injured your cerebellum you would have difficulty walking keeping your balance or shaking hands Your movements would be jerky and exaggerated Under alcohols i
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