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Parts of the Brain

PSYCH 100 parts of the brain

TermDefinition
Primary Gustatory Cortex A region of the parietal lobe. It receives taste input from the ventral posterior nucleus (VPN) of the thalamus
Piriform cortex Located in the medial temporal cortex and adjacent to the amygdala, it receives direct olfactory information.
Primary auditory cortex Located in the superior temporal lobe of the Heschl's gyrus. It receives direct information from the medial geniculate nuclei.
Parietal lobe Located just posterior to the central fissure, it's responsible for taking in sensory information and spatial awareness.
Hypothalamus Diencephalic structure. Controls motivated behviour because of its control over the pituitary gland.
primary motor cortex The point of departure for motor signals that come from the cerebral cortex and into sensorimotor system. Cortical tissue is homunculus because of how it's distributed. Helps execute motor movements and is located parietal lobe and premotor cortex.
primary somatosensory cortex Responsible for the sense of touch
primary olfactory cortex Part of the cerebral cortex that's involved in the sense of smell
primary visual cortex Part of the cerebral cortex that processes visual information.