Which Parts Of The Brain Do What?04:33

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Published on January 26, 2017

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Script Writer: David Goldenberg (@dgoldenberg)
Script Editor: Emily Elert (@eelert)
Video Illustrator: Qingyang Chen
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Brain lesion: Damage to the brain caused by disease or injury.

Broca’s area: Region in the frontal lobe associated with speech production.

Fusiform face area: Structure near the back of the brain associated with facial recognition.

Hippocampus: Seahorse-shaped brain structure associated with memory formation.

Amygdala: Small brain structure associated with emotions and memories.

fMRI: An imaging procedure that measures brain activity by tracking changes associated with blood flow.


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