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Video of a Brain Dissection

This video shows the major parts of the brain, starting with the external anatomy where the pituitary gland, optic chiasma (nerves) , olfactory lobes, dura mater, and the parts of the brain stem:  midbrain, pons, medulla, and spinal cord.   The brain is the cut along the longitudinal …

Cerebellum and Arbor Vitae

The cerebellum is located at the posterior end of the brain and is associated with motor control, balance and coordination.  It is only loosely attached to the cerebrum, and dissections of the brain reveal that removing the dura mater often result in the accidental removal of the cerebellum. …

Superior Colliculus

The superior colliculus is part of the midbrain, also known as the tectum in non-mammalian vertebrates.  This area of the brain directs behavioral responses, particularly how the eyes respond to stimulus and the corresponding movement of the head and neck. If you are looking for this structure in …

Brain – Pituitary Gland

The pituitary gland, also called the hypophysis, is associated with the endocrine system.  It it located on the ventral side of the brain attached to the hypothalamus.   Under the direction of the brain, the pituitary gland controls the secretion of hormones that regulate growth, blood pressure, sexual …

Brain – Brain Stem

The brain stem is the posterior section of the brain that includes the pons and the medulla oblongata, which is continuous with the spinal cord.  The midbrain is usually included as part of the brain stem and includes the corpora quadrigemina (shown partially on the photo as the …