Reticular Activating System: Definition & Function


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In which part of the brain is the reticular activating system (RAS) located?

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1. What is the main function of the reticular activating system (RAS)?

2. Which of the following kinds of information will the reticular activating system (RAS) let into your consciousness without you telling it to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Where is the reticular activating system found? What is the size of this structure? You must draw on your knowledge of this type of information in order to successfully complete this quiz/worksheet assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is designed to measure your ability to do the following:

  • Name in which part of the brain the RAS is located
  • Describe the main function of the RAS
  • Identify the kinds of information the RAS lets into your consciousness
  • Discuss the type of information the RAS is designed to inform us about
  • Note the size of the RAS

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the function of the RAS
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how the size of the RAS
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what information the RAS is responsible for telling us and allowing into our consciousness

Additional Learning

Build your knowledge of this topic with the lesson called Reticular Activating System: Definition & Function. You will learn details about:

  • Which sense is not wired to the RAS
  • How the RAS is described
  • In which other areas the RAS plays a role