This web exhibit was first built in 2000 by Patricia Anne Kinser, Haverford College, under the direction of Paul Grobstein, Bryn Mawr College. The updated version of Comparative Neuroanatomy and Intelligence is now online at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/brains. This old version has been archived in place, and will continue to be available for teachers and students who are using it.
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The Neuron- Up Close and Personal
Now we are looking at a cross-section of the forebrain of a human.
What is the outer groove-like material? What are the inner structures?
This picture is a good illustration of the cerebral cortex at the frontal lobe of the brain. You can also see the body of the corpus callosum which is the structure connecting the two hemispheres of the brain. The white elliptical openings within the brain are ventricles.
Click on the brain for an even closer look at the cells which make up all of these brain structures. Or click on a button below to learn about these structures or make slices in other animal brains, such as the monkey.
(If you want to see more pictures of cross sections through a human brain, go to this site:"Mammalian Brain Collections")