Cerebellum: Parts and functions of the cerebellum

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In a food chain, the primary consumers are classified under trophic level  _____.

  • A. Zero

  • B. One

  • C. Two

  • D. Three

  • E. Four

  • F. Five

Cold blooded animals are referred to as _____.

  • A. Homeotherms

  • B. Endotherms

  • C. Poilokitherms

  • D. Ectotherms

  • E. Thermotherms

  • F. None of the above

All reptiles are vertebrates.

  • A. True

  • B. False

_____ cells are responsible for the formation of osteoblasts.

  • A. Osteocytes
  • B. Chondrocytes
  • C. Chondroblasts
  • D. Osteoclasts
  • E. Osteoprogenitor cells
  • F. Osteoblastic

_____ is a bone that constitute the axial skeleton.

  • A. Clavicle
  • B. Scapula
  • C. Patella
  • D. Radius
  • E. Sternum
  • F. Femur

Which of the following is false concerning cartilages and bones?

  • A. Cartilage does not have a direct blood supply while bones have direct blood supply
  • B. The process of ossification replaces a cartilage to bone
  • C. The protein that makes up cartilage is called chondrin while that that makes up bone is called ossein
  • D. Cartilage grows from both ends while bones grow from one of its epiphysis
  • E. They both have living cells within them
  • F. Haversian system is absent in cartilage but present in bones

A diagram showing the movement of energy through a food chain is called a _____.

  • A. Food Chain
  • B. Food Web
  • C. Food Energy
  • D. Food Link
  • E. Food Flow
  • F. Food Pyramid

Which of the following is NOT a part of the wrist bones (or carpal bones)?

  • A. Cuboid
  • B. Scaphoid
  • C. Hamate
  • D. Triquetral
  • E. Pisiform
  • F. Trapezium


The cerebellum is a part of the brain that plays a vital role in the body's voluntary and physical movements. It is located at the posterior part of the brain, just below the occipital and temporal lobes of the cerebrum. It is also located posteriorly just at the same level as the pons. This is shown in the image below:

Cerebellum - Len Academy

Please read on the cerebrum here.

The cerebellum (sometimes referred to as the little brain) accounts for approximately 10% of the brain's size and it consists of almost half of the brain cells or neurones.

The cerebellum is divided in its midline into two cerebellar hemispheres by a structure called vermis. This is shown in the image below:

Cerebellar Hemispheres - Len Academy

Please read on the introduction to the human brain here.

The surface of the cerebellum is referred to as the cerebellar cortex and it is composed of gray matter.

The cerebral medulla is located underneath the cerebellar cortex and it is made up of white matter. Embedded within the white matter are the 4 cerebellar nuclei. These are:

  1. Dentate nuclei

  2. Emboliform nuclei

  3. Globose nuclei

  4. Fastigi nuclei

You can read on the midbrain and its functions here.

The cerebellum is lobed and this gives its surfaces a distinctive appearance. It can therefore be divided into 3 lobes. These are:

  1. Flocculonodular lobe

  2. Anterior lobe

  3. Posterior lobe

The flocculonodular and anterior lobes can been seen above the primary fissure while the posterior lobe lies below the primary fissure. This is shown in the image below:

Lobes of the Cerebellum - Len Academy

Often times, the signals coming into the cerebrum are immediately processed and directed out as output via an appropriate nerve. This rapid process is termed feedforward processing.

Feedforward processing implies that the internal transmission of nervous impulses within the cerebellum is minimal.

You can read on the uniqueness of man here.

Functionally, the cerebellum receives sensory information from the spinal cord and other parts of the brain (e.g midbrain). It also regulates the motor movements of the body, thereby bringing about proper coordination, balance, posture and speech. For this reason, the cerebellum is often considered as a motor structure since cerebellar damages can lead to impairments in motor function like movement and posture.

Please read on posture and postural defects here.

Interestingly, the examination of damages to the cerebellum has proven to be the most important clues to its function.

When the cerebellum becomes damaged in humans or animals, they tend to show problems associated with motor functions. To this end, precision movements are lost in such animals or humans. Also they begin to show an uncoordinated, random, or poorly timed muscular activities and movements.

Please read on the functions of the human skeleton here.

Functions of the Cerebellum

  1. It coordinates voluntary movement of the body and muscular activity.

  2. It coordinates posture and balance in humans. A typical example of an impairment on this function is seen during the intake of alcohol. The person involved loses balance because alcohol impairs the coordination of posture and balance by the cerebellum.
    Please read on the homeostasis here.

  3. The cerebellum is crucial in learning new skills (that is; motor learning) through a trial and error process. Such skills will include learning to ride a bicycle or throwing a ball into a basketball net.
    You can read on the game of basketball here.

  4. It controls speech and bodily coordination.

  5. The cerebellum plays an active role in cognitive functions like memory and learning.
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  1. Movement

  2. Respiration

  3. Nutrition

  4. Irritability or Sensitivity

  5. Growth

  6. Excretion

  7. Reproduction

  8. Death

  9. Adaptation

  10. Competition

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Note: Habitat is a place where an organism live. It is of three types:

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  • Bios: means life.

  • Logos: means knowledge or to study.

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