The Cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”) is the section of the brain responsible for motor controls coordination and perception. The Cerebellum is considered one of the most important parts of the brain partly due to the fact that, although being only 10% of the size of the entire brain, it contains over 50% of the neurons found in the brain. The Cerebellum is located in the lower rear section of the brain and it almost looks separate for the brain itself.
The most important job of the cerebellum is organizing complex information introduced into the brain. The cerebellum’s function in the brain is to receive signals from all over the body telling the mind where it is positioned and how or what it is performing within its environment at any point in time. The cerebellum receives these signals through neural pathways throughout the body. The cerebellum’s ability to relay messages about posture, movement, and fine motor skills contribute to everyday life in circumstances such as writing or catching a ball. Another important contribution the cerebellum makes is allowing us to locate our body in space without seeing it. This contribution is what allows us to walk in the dark when we can not see. Without the cerebellum we would be unaware of our surroundings and become very clumsy due to the fact that we would no longer know where are body is and how it is moving.The cerebellum is responsible for relaying messages about posture, equilibrium, movement and fine motor skills such as writing or catching a ball. It is a very important part of the brain that keeps us aware of our surroundings and therefore alive.
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