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Hemispheres of the Brain

The brain is divided into halves, called hemispheres. Many of the brain's functions are controlled by both hemispheres. But the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere are also responsible for different types of processing.

Brain Stem Illustration

Right hemisphere: controls overall, general impressions; puts together the big picture.

Brain Stem Illustration

Left hemisphere: focuses on specific details.

Illustration of Cerebellum

Corpus callosum: enables the hemispheres to communicate with each other.


Each hemisphere is divided into four sections called lobes: frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital. Click here to learn more about the functions of each lobe.