The brain is divided into three areas, the brain
stem, cerebellum and cerebrum:
The brain stem sits at the base of the brain and connects to the
top of your spine. It maintains important body functions such as
breathing, swallowing, digestion, eye movement and your heartbeat.
Brain Stem strokes are often fatal, but when they are not,
they affect many of the functions mentioned above. Click the
Brain Stem button to read more about its functions and the affects
The cerebellum is located at the bottom of the brain, at the back
of your head. It is attached to the back of the brain stem, and
looks like a miniature brain. It helps control some automatic
responses and behaviors, simple movements such as picking up a small
object, and more complicated tasks such as balancing.
A stroke in the cerebellum could cause a lack of
coordination, clumsiness, shaking or other movement disorders.
Click the Cerebellum button to read more about its functions and the
affects of stroke.
Also known as the "thinking brain," the cerebrum is the main,
bulky part of your brain. This is where thinking and muscle control
occurs. The cerebrum is made of two halves or hemispheres.
Usually, one of these hemispheres is slightly more developed and
is called the dominant side. The dominant side is where written and
spoken language is organized. In almost all of us, the left
hemisphere is dominant even if you are right handed.
nervous system is set up in a cross-over design, the right side of
your brain controls the left side of your body, and vice versa.
hemisphere is divided into four sections called lobes. Click
the Cerebrum button to read more about the functions of the lobes
and the affects of stroke.