Cerebellum

Quick facts:

  1. Location: Lower area of the brain, below the pons
  2. Function: Responsible for balance and coordination of muscles and the body

Cerebellum

The cerebellum is one of the most identifiable parts of the brain due to its unique shape and location. It is extremely important for being able to perform everyday voluntary (done with purpose and intent) tasks such as walking and writing. It is also essential to being able to stay balanced and upright. Patients who have suffered from damaged cerebellums often struggle with keeping their balance and maintaining proper muscle coordination.

Quick Quiz

What of the following activities would be hard to do if a person had an injured cerebellum?

  1. Running in a race or marathon
  2. Talking and listening to a friend
  3. Playing baseball in the park
  4. Swimming or diving in a pool
  5. Singing a song out loud

Answers: 1. This task would be difficult, 2. This task would not be affected by an injured cerebellum, 3. This task would be difficult, 4. This task would be difficult, 5. This task would not be affected by an injured cerebellum