The cortex: "Thinking wrinkles"
Your brain's wrinkled surface is a specialized outer layer of the cerebrum called the cortex. Scientists have "mapped" the cortex by identifying areas strongly linked to certain functions.
Specific regions of the cortex:
sensations from your body, and
sights, sounds and smells from the outside world.
- Generate thoughts, solve problems and make plans.
- Form and store memories.
- Control voluntary movement.
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