PsychSim 5: BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
Name: Section: Brain & Behavior
In this activity you will take a tour of the human brain and explore the major brain regions to discover the functions of each region or area.
• In terms of brain function, what is functional specialization? Each independent part of the brain is responcible for a certain function such as hearing, sound, or moving a body part.
• Why is the principle of complex communication important to understand? Complex Communication is important to understand because we need to know how each influence happens and what influences each part of the brain. Also an understanding of where each influence developed and origionated.
Test Yourself on Lower Brain Structures
•Match each brain part with its function:
o__C_ Pituitary glandA. Located above the midbrain at the top of the brainstem; routes incoming messages from all the senses (except smell) to the appropriate brain areas for processing
o__D_ MedullaB. Part of the limbic system; regulates hunger, thirst, and body temperature and contains the so-called pleasure centers of the brain
o__J_ PonsC. The master gland of the endocrine system
o__E_ Reticular formationD. Located in the brainstem; controls breathing and heartbeat
o__F_ CerebellumE. A nerve network that runs up the center of the brainstem; plays an important role in controlling alertness and attention