The human brain weighs roughly three and a half pounds, looks like a convoluted mass and contains approximately eighty eight billion neurons. Yet when you reach out to pick up something with your left hand what’s really happening is that instructions are being issued by the right side of your frontal lobe. This learning pathway introduces you to the basics of the anatomy of the brain. Once again this learning pathway has a lot of terminology, but as you progress through the next two micro courses what you learn in this pathway will provide a solid foundation for your understanding of intelligence, memory, and every other topic.



Dr. Dukewich provides a brief orientation to this learning pathway on the functional neuroanatomy.



By the end of this learning pathway you should be able to:

  • Describe the types of techniques available to clinicians and researchers to image or scan the brain
  • Explain the role of subcortical structures in behavior and mental events
  • Summarize the functional specializations of the two hemispheres
  • Identify the cortical lobes and their functional specializations