Ch 15: The Brain and Cranial Nerves

About This Chapter

Watch short lessons that present all the info you need to know about the brain and cranial nerves in a convenient and flexible online format. Use the quizzes that follow each lesson to gauge your understanding of the material.

The Brain and Cranial Nerves - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Use these quick and captivating videos to learn about the structures and functions of the brain and cranial nerves. Each lesson breaks down larger concepts, like the parts of the brain, into bite-sized chunks that make learning fun. You'll easily grasp elements such as the brain's blood supply, functionality of various cranial nerves and brain communication through lessons taught by subject-matter experts. Animations and graphics are used throughout these videos to help you:

  • Understand early brain development
  • Recognize the functions of the cerebral cortex, medulla oblongata and pons
  • Identify the functions of the limbic system
  • Determine how the left and right brain hemispheres communicate
  • Learn about the functions of the cranial nerves of the face and mouth
  • See how cerebrospinal fluid is produced

Video Objective
Early Brain Development: Major Parts & Functions Study the development of your brain in its early stages.
The Brain: Structure and Function Identify the major parts of the brain and their uses.
Brain Structures and Functions Part I Discover elements of the brain, such as the brain stem, hippocampus, hypothalamus and cerebellum.
The Cerebral Cortex: Brain Structures and Functions Part II Observe the processes of the four lobes of the human brain.
Parts of the Brain Stem: The Medulla Oblongata and Pons Evaluate the functions of the medulla oblongata and pons.
What is the Limbic System in the Brain? - Definition, Functions & Parts Outline the different parts that make up the limbic system and determine their uses.
Gross Anatomy of the Human Brain: Major Anatomical Structures and Terminology Get familiar with the brain's anatomy and learn common vocabulary associated with the brain.
The Brain Hemispheres: Left Brain/Right Brain Communication and Control Find out the ways that the brain communicates with itself.
Brain Blood Supply: Anatomy & Diagrams Use diagrams to see how the brain's blood supply works.
Cerebrospinal Fluid in the Brain: Functions & Production Study this element of the brain and why it's important.
Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality Investigate the nerves that help our tongues move.
Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and its Functionality Determine the role that the vagus nerve plays in the body.

12 Lessons in Chapter 15: The Brain and Cranial Nerves
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Early Brain Development: Major Parts & Functions

1. Early Brain Development: Major Parts & Functions

In this lesson, we take a look at your brain when you were the size of a peanut and your brain the size of a pea. What major structures did your brain have back then? What were they called? And most interestingly, how do these structures affect your life today?

The Brain: Structure and Function

2. The Brain: Structure and Function

Your brain is in charge of telling the rest of your body what to do. Learn about the parts of your brain including the cerebrum, the cerebellum, the brain stem and the pituitary gland and how they help you live, play and grow.

Brain Structures and Functions Part I

3. Brain Structures and Functions Part I

The brain's complexity can often be difficult to understand because it serves so many important functions. In this lesson, you'll get a little help from Nrr, the alien biologist, who will guide you through understanding the structure and functions of the human brain.

The Cerebral Cortex: Brain Structures and Functions Part II

4. The Cerebral Cortex: Brain Structures and Functions Part II

Check out this video lesson to learn about the four lobes of the human brain - the frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal. You'll learn about the functions and processes of each region.

Parts of the Brain Stem: The Medulla Oblongata and Pons

5. Parts of the Brain Stem: The Medulla Oblongata and Pons

In this lesson, we'll learn how you are able to breathe without even thinking about it. You'll also find out why you breathe faster when you run. Finally, we'll learn where things as diverse as sneezing and blood pressure are controlled.

What is the Limbic System in the Brain? - Definition, Functions & Parts

6. What is the Limbic System in the Brain? - Definition, Functions & Parts

The limbic system is composed of structures in the brain that deal with emotions (such as anger, happiness and fear) as well as memories. This article will address the limbic system, its parts and their functions in the human body.

Gross Anatomy of the Human Brain: Major Anatomical Structures and Terminology

7. Gross Anatomy of the Human Brain: Major Anatomical Structures and Terminology

In this video, you'll find out how and why we divide our brain into major sections. It's not just random names and games. You'll learn about where these divisions occur, what we call them, and what they separate.

The Brain Hemispheres: Left Brain/Right Brain Communication and Control

8. The Brain Hemispheres: Left Brain/Right Brain Communication and Control

Ever heard of a split personality? How about a split brain? Well, we can't be sure about the personality one, but brains can be split in two! In this lesson, you'll learn that and much more on how the brain communicates within itself.

Brain Blood Supply: Anatomy & Diagrams

9. Brain Blood Supply: Anatomy & Diagrams

You'll never look at a shopping mall the same way again once you learn in this lesson how similar it is to your brain. We'll also find out why connections between blood vessels are important and how your brain protects itself against toxic substances in your blood.

Cerebrospinal Fluid in the Brain: Functions & Production

10. Cerebrospinal Fluid in the Brain: Functions & Production

In this lesson, you'll learn that you have holes in your brain and that it's actually a good thing! You'll also find out how your brain uses a water cushion for protection and where this water cushion is made.

Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality

11. Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality

We wouldn't be able to talk, taste, chew, or swallow without the cranial nerves of our face and mouth. Find out how these nerves help us move our tongue and enjoy everything from kissing to food to conversation.

Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and its Functionality

12. Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and its Functionality

Find out what the vagus nerve (cranial nerve X) does in your body. While perhaps not as impressive, you'll also find out what the accessory nerve (cranial nerve XI) does and why it is important to the vagus nerve.

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