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Overview of the Brain

Overview of the Brain

MRI of the human head showing the brain and spinal cord.
© Mark Lythgoe and Chloe Hutton, Wellcome Images.

Our brains provide the integrative power underlying the complex behavior of all vertebrates. It is the control center for thought and creativity, as well as automatic functions of the body. The human brain sets us apart from all other animals.




Author(s): Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine.
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Overview of the Brain

Major Components of the Brain





Cerebral Cortex

Functions of the Brain