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How About Some Hints to Remembering Some of These Terms?

Shortcuts and little “tricks of the trade” help to focus on terms just covered.


ringing bell



Cerebellum – Initiation and control of rapid movement of the limbs; posture and balance. To remember this term, see the word bell inside the word? Think of a fast ringing bell. Cerebellum

· Ringing a “bell” is a rapid movement.
· It affects “bell”ance (balance).



Medulla—Controls breathing, heart rate, digestion, and other vital reflexes.

· Two “LLs” in medulla stand for living/life functions.




Cerebral Cortex – The outer covering of gray matter of the brain.

tree barkHint:
· Cortex means bark, so the cerebral cortex is like the bark of the brain.
· Think how bark wraps around a tree and covers it.
Cerebral cortex is the “cover” of the brain.




Hippocampus – the part of the brain that plays a key role in memory formation as well as classifying information and long-term memory.

· A “hippo” is much like an elephant, and elephants never forget their dance steps (because they have such a great memory.)