Forebrain: Lobes of the cerebrum and their functions

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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 forebrain, also called the prosencephalon is the largest part of the brain. It consists of the cerebrum, thalamus and hypothalamus.

The cerebrum is the largest part of the forebrain (and the entire brain itself). It occupies the largest portion of the cranium and is divided into two halves termed cerebral hemispheres. They are appropriately named the right and left cerebral hemispheres. Both hemispheres are joined by a bundle of fibres called corpus callosum.

Please read on the cranium and all 206 bones comprising the human skeleton here.

The image below shows both cerebral hemispheres and the corpus callosum.

Human Brain Gyri and Sulci - Len Academy

Note: A function of the corpus callosum is to transmit nervous information between both cerebral hemispheres.

Each cerebral hemisphere controls the opposite side of the body; and are composed of four distinct lobes. The image below shows the 4 lobes of the cerebrum alongside a summary of their functions.

Lobes of the Cerebrum - Len Academy

The cerebral lobes are:

  1. Frontal lobe

  2. Parietal lobe

  3. Temporal lobe

  4. Occipital lobe

  5. Please read on the cerebellum and its lobes here.

Functions of the frontal lobe

  1. It is an area of the brain for making judgement.
  2. It controls our emotions.
  3. The Broca's Area of the frontal lobe aid in writing and speaking.
  4. It is responsible for planning, problem solving, concentration, self awareness and intelligence.
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  5. The frontal lobe of the brain controls our personality.
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  6. It plays a part in speech and body movement.
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Functions of the parietal lobe

  1. It aids in the interpretation of language.
  2. It is responsible for the interpretation of visual and audio signals as received from the sense organs (eyes and ears).
  3. It enables us to sense external stimuli like touch, pressure, pain and temperature.
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Functions of the temporal lobe

  1. The Wernicke's Area of the temporal lobe helps us to understand language.
  2. It aids hearing and listening.
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  3. The hippocampus of the temporal lobe is a center of memory and organization.
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  4. The amygdala present in the temporal lobe is a center for various moods like anxiety, depression and emotions.

Present in the temporal lobe of the brain are the hippocampus, amygdala, epithalamus, thalamus, hypothalamus, cingulate gyrus, mammillary body and parahippocampal gyri. Together, these are referred to as the limbic system, and they are crucial for the processing functions of the memory.

The image below shows the limbic system of the temporal lobe.

Limbic System - Len Academy

The thalamus is a small structure found between the cerebral cortex and the midbrain. It is a heterogeneous assembly of organized nuclei composed mainly of gray matter.

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  • The main function of the thalamus is to receive, process and transmit sensory and motor signals to the cerebral cortex. The thalamus also aid in the regulation of mood functions like, arousal, consciousness, sleep and alertness.
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The hypothalamus is a portion of the forebrain made up small group of nuclei with various functions.

The hypothalamus is located just below the thalamus and above the pituitary gland. This is shown in the diagram below.

Thalamus, Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland - Len Academy

The main function of the hypothalamus is to create a link between the nervous system and endocrine system through the pituitary gland. For this reason, it is crucial in homeostatic roles via the release of hormones and temperature regulation.

Please read more on homeostasis here.

Function of the occipital lobe

  1. It assists in the interpretation of light and color. In short, the occipital lobe interprets everything seen by the eyes.
  2. The occipital lobe also aid in motion perception.
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Functional summary of the cerebrum

From the explanations so far on the cerebral hemispheres, below is a functional summary of the cerebrum:

  1. Initiation and coordination of voluntary bodily activities. These will include a fine control of the hands and feet movements during sewing.

  2. It performs higher functions like vision and hearing.

  3. It controls speech and learning.

  4. It acts as a center of emotion.

  5. It controls reasoning and remembering.

  6. It plays a part in mood control.

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  2. Respiration

  3. Nutrition

  4. Irritability or Sensitivity

  5. Growth

  6. Excretion

  7. Reproduction

  8. Death

  9. Adaptation

  10. Competition

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  • Terrestrial (Land)
  • Aquatic (Water)
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  • Logos: means knowledge or to study.

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  4. Irritability or Sensitivity

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  10. Competition

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