Talk:List of regions in the human brain

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I have filled out a few parts of the list to illustrate how it could work. The articles linked to here could contain information about anatomy and function. If the brain region is not unique to humans, the article should distinguish general functions from those applying to humans (in my view).

Washington irving 22:21, 16 Feb 2004 (UTC)


If I had the literature at my fingertips, I would be there already. My library is weak on zoological neuroanatomy.

Brodmanns areas and gyri describe essentially the same places, one delimiting the area by functional association and another by anatomical placement. The individual BAs also cover areas of gyrus and sulcus, complicating an effort to place them beneath specific gyrus. And it seems to me sulcus are as much a region as gyrus.

From what I see here, there would be no problem including relevant sulci, gyri and BA in the same subsection - Any idea how we can handle sulci that form a boundary between regions?

SoCal 03:01, 17 Feb 2004 (UTC)

then we have sinuses ... tracts ... ventricals ... commmissures ... the complete list is very extensive SoCal
I do have some of the relevant literature at my fingertips, so never fear. As you say it is a big job. But there's no need to make it perfect first time. The advantage of wikipedia is that others can come along and help sort it out... I would suggest listing both BAs and gyri (it's true that sulci are places too, but to list both seems redundant). In one of my references (the online Talairach daemon) the sulci are treated as borders between gyri which are used for the detailed anatomical description, and this seems a sensible approach. Anyway, I'm sure it will sort itself out... Washington irving 10:15, 17 Feb 2004 (UTC)


Spare parts[edit]

Striatic afferents and efferents:
(Thalmostriate fibers)
(Nigrostriate fibers)
(Corticostriate fibers)
(Striopallidal fibers)
(Strionigral fibers)

(Mid-brain reticular formation)


Why not left frontal lobe, left parietal lobe, etc[edit]


Difference between limbic lobe and limbic system[edit]

Limbic system was initially the Papez Circuit: Limbic Lobe and Subcortical Structures:Cingulate Cortex, Hippocampus, Mammillary Bodies and Anterior Thalamus, plus MacLean's additions.

Broca's limbic lobe: Cingulate Cortex,Hippocampus, Piriform Cortex, amygdaloid Cortex, orbitofrontal cortex


This page needs to be reverted to the form it was in when first copied over from "Brain". I made all of the changes on the list but realize now the information is hopelessly flawed for several reasons, including accuracy, organization and an unfortunately close coherence to the sources from which I copied it. Also, after further reviewing the sources of the images, I realized they were in fact copyrighted images. Further, changes I made to the images during processing damaged the scientific integrity, because we don't know if the image depicted as a left lobe is really a right lobe or a left lobe. I flipped them several times.

Pathways section ?

Might be useful to have a section detailing major neural pathways. The only one I know of which has a complete article is the mesolimbic pathway. However, there's a list of the four major dopamine pathways in the dopamine article, and the arcuate fasiculus is mentioned in the Broca's area and Wernicke's area article.

However, off the top of my head, I don't know of any source that has the known pathways clearly listed. Any suggestions for a good source ? - Vaughan 10:45, 9 May 2004 (UTC)

Organization of Page

I feel as though the organization of where the midbrain and hindbrain is placed should be changed. While, yes, they both are in the brainstem they should also be represented on the same organizational level as the forebrain. The current organization setup also incorrectly represents the thalamus. The thalamus is both part of the brainstem and the forebrain, but with the current setup it is represented as being a part of the forebrain, but not the brainstem.

To fix this issue the brainstem category should be taken out and the midbrain and hindbrain categories should be moved to be equal to that of the forebrain. - Braingeek, 16 December 2005

  • Weird... I never caught that. That's an odd way of organizing this page. I fixed that as well as put the developmental divisions in correct, caudal to rostral order. Nice catch!. Semiconscious 08:06, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

"Medullary pyramids" vs. "Renal pyramids"?[edit]

The link 'Medullary pyramids' under 'Myelencephalon' redirects to Renal pyramids.

In my limited understanding, I think that Pyramid of medulla oblongata may rather be the intended destination...

Can someone with proper knowledge about the subject matter please verify this and edit either the main entry or the redirection of Medullary pyramids accordingly? 08:20, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

With the variable nomenclature it is sometimes easy to overlook a structure when the structure resides under a different. Now, is there a mention of the Locus Cerulius(LC) hiding somewhere in this list. I believe that it would located in the Tectum. LC function is not trivial as it supplies norepinephrine to the Ventral Striatum and functions as a gateway of external stimuli to the brain. I'll stop here and simply ask if it is time for me to get a new set of glasses.

Organization section[edit]

seems to be a missing link and one that leads nowhere. would change it if i knew what to do. Horia 20:21, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Can we get some Capitalization Consistency?[edit]

We have "Major dopamine pathways" capitalized using the first word only system, with the sub-list completely uncapitalized. Then we have the "Serotonin Pathways" capitalized using the all words system, with the sub-list using that same system. --Dbabbitt (talk) 22:36, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Added Hippocampus, anyone for a "brain box" template?[edit]

Was missing from list, as group knows, is subcortical, medial temporal. No major section for Subcortical, but seems to fit well near Amyg under subcort sub bullet. Book by Andersen and Morris is bigger by far than the actual organ! It seems that, given the numerous sections under which these structures are repeated, a "brain structures box" template project with all the structures and their links would be cool, and could be placed on the various brain articles without having to repeat all the anatomy and physiology in each article. I'd be happy to create one, but would need admin help to "bot" it into the hundreds of articles on the brain. In fact, THIS article would make a great tiny template if the links were miniaturized into a "structures of the brain" template. Phoenixthebird (talk) 15:35, 11 July 2010 (UTC)


Paleoencephalon is an orphan page. Does it fit in this hierarchy? If so, please link to it. If Paleoencephalon is a nonsense page, please nominate it for deletion. Mcarling (talk) 08:41, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

How does this stay in sync with ...[edit] and vice versa??

Bodysurfinyon (talk) 03:32, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Actually, what I thought was missing just has slightly different nomenclature: Lateral geniculate body vs Lateral geniculate nucleus.

Bodysurfinyon (talk) 03:40, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Updates? References[edit]

In light of A multi-modal parcellation of human cerebral cortex : Nature : Nature Research it seems that this article needs an update. And references! ★NealMcB★ (talk) 18:00, 5 October 2016 (UTC)