Flash Cards

AP Psych Brain

Term Definition
Medulla Controls breathing & heartbeat
Pons Helps in coordinating movement (connection between cerebellum & cortex)
Reticular Formation Controls arousal & attention
Cerebellum Coordinates voluntary movement & balance
Thalamus Sensory switchboard; relays messages between lower brain & cortex
Hypothalamus Directs maintenance activities; helps control the endocrine system; linked to emotion
Hippocampus Helps process memories
Amygdala Emotions (like fear & anger)
Corpus Callosum Connects the two hemispheres
Occipital Lobe Responsible for vision
Parietal Lobes Touch & pressure; taste; body awareness
Temporal Lobes Hearing; recognizing faces
Frontal Lobes Personality; concentration; problem solving; speech; abstract thought; meaning of words
Somatosensory Cortex In the front of parietal lobes that registers and processes body sensations
Motor Cortex Area at the rear of the frontal lobes that controls voluntary movements
Pituitary Gland Master of the endocrine system; tells others what to do
Association Areas Areas of the cerebral cortex that are not involved in primary motor or sensory functions

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