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Brain Map: Cerebellum

Cerebellum

The cerebellum (Latin for little brain) is located just above the brain stem and tucked underneath the cerebral cortex towards the back of the brain. It is involved in the co-ordination of voluntary motor movement, balance and equilibrium and muscle tone. It is relatively well protected from trauma compared to the frontal and temporal lobes and brain stem.

Damage to the cerebellum can cause:

  • Loss of ability to co-ordinate fine movements
  • Loss of ability to walk
  • Inability to reach out and grab objects
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness (Vertigo)
  • Slurred Speech (Dysarthria)
  • Inability to make rapid movements

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Last updated: 18 April 2017