Introduction to the Parts of the Brain

What you’ll learn to do: identify and describe the parts of the brain

Principal fissures and lobes of the cerebrum viewed laterally.

In this section, you’ll learn about the specific parts of the brain and their roles and functions. While this is not an anatomy class, you’ll see how important it is to understand the parts of the brain and what they do so that we can understand mental processes and behavior.

Watch It

Watch this CrashCourse Psychology video for an overview on the brain and the interesting topics we’ll cover:

You can view the transcript for “Meet Your Master – Getting to Know Your Brain: Crash Course Psychology #4” here (opens in new window).

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the two hemispheres of the brain, lateralization and plasticity
  • Identify the location and function of the lobes of the brain
  • Identify and describe the role of the parts of the limbic system, the midbrain, and hindbrain
  • Describe the types of techniques available to clinicians and researchers to image or scan the brain

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