The Motor Cortex

The motor cortex is the part of the brain which controls most of our movement (a few reflexes are regulated by the spinal cord). There is a motor area on both the left and right hemispheres, with the left hemisphere motor cortex controlling the right side of our body, and vice versa. Here is a … Read more

Language and the Brain

I’m going to talk about language in my next few posts, so here’s an overview of the language areas in our brain. As you will see, there’s a lot that goes on in a very short space of time for us to be able to understand speech and reply appropriately, but I’ll try and make … Read more

The Brain

Okay, so let’s start with the obvious, the brain. Here are a few fun(!) facts to get going: 1. The brain is made up of both grey matter (cell bodies) and white matter (the cells axons – the bit that makes connections). 2. The brain can be divided into four main cortices (areas, also called … Read more