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The cerebellum is a major part of the brain along with the cerebrum and brain stem. It is also one of the more easily identifiable sections, owing to its distinctive shape and position in the lower portion of this extremely complex organ. It is integral to balance and muscle coordination, but it also manages “voluntary” functions -- the tasks we choose to perform, like walking, eating, and writing.

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1. Identifying the Cerebellum

It is easy to spot when examining the brain because it appears almost as a separate structure at the bottom, beneath the cerebral hemispheres. While the cerebrum has broad, irregular grooves, the cerebellum, in contrast, features parallel grooves that are finely spaced, lending this section much visual distinction.

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