Ch 8: The Brain Study Guide

About This Chapter

The Brain chapter of this Human Physiology Study Guide course is the simplest way to master information about the brain. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the brain.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material related to the brain will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the brain. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the structure of the brain
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning human physiology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the brain
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing The Brain chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use The Brain chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the brain. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a brain unit of a standard human physiology course. Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy of the brain, including in-depth looks at the brain stem and the brain hemispheres
  • How the brain develops with age
  • Functions of the brain
  • The brain's blood supply
  • Production and function of cerebrospinal fluid

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: The Brain Study Guide
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Early Brain Development: Major Parts & Functions

1. Early Brain Development: Major Parts & Functions

The forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain develop early in the gestational process. Learn about the major parts and functions of early brain development and explore these early phases of brain development.

Brain Structures and Functions Part I

2. Brain Structures and Functions Part I

The structure of the brain is composed of different parts, such as the brain stem, hippocampus, hypothalamus, cerebellum, and many others. Learn about the different structures of the brain and each of their specific functions.

The Cerebral Cortex: Brain Structures and Functions Part II

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

The human brain has four lobes that coordinate to enable individuals to function as whole persons with emotions, motor functions, sensory perceptions, and the ability to learn and interact with others. Learn about the cerebral cortex, brain structures, and functions. Explore the four lobes--temporal, frontal, parietal, and occipital--and understand what each lobe does and how it works.

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

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

Although an extremely complex organ, the gross anatomy of the human brain has several consistent anatomical structures. Learn about the major anatomical structures and terminology of the human brain and how common reference helps scientists communicate.

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

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

The brain is comprised of two cerebral hemispheres (right and left) responsible for completing different functions related to memory and body control. Learn about cerebral hemispheres, the difference between grey and white matter, and the function of the corpus callosum in left and right brain communication.

Parts of the Brain Stem: The Medulla Oblongata and Pons

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

The brain stem is comprised of two areas (medulla oblongata and pons), which control important functions related to breathing rate, PH sensing, and chemoreceptors. Learn about the parts of the brain stem, the general functions of the medulla oblongata, and the role of the pons.

Peroxisomal Disorders: Symptoms & Treatment

7. Peroxisomal Disorders: Symptoms & Treatment

This lesson is going to go over the numerous signs that can be seen in many different types of peroxisomal disorders. You'll also learn about some potential treatment options for them.

Peroxisomal Disorders: Definition & Diagnosis

8. Peroxisomal Disorders: Definition & Diagnosis

This lesson defines an uncommonly heard of group of disorders, called peroxisomal disorders. You'll learn what they are, some of their names, as well as some of the ways by which they can be diagnosed.

Astrocytes: Definition, Function & Types

9. Astrocytes: Definition, Function & Types

This lesson is going to define the term astrocyte. You'll learn what the two main types of astrocytes are and the many functions of astrocytes in general.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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