The brain at work – lateral view: annotated image

The brain operates by division of labour: different areas are specialised for different functions. Explore a lateral view in this illustration 

Illustration of the lateral view of the brain, showing which areas are responsible for different functions
  1. Brocas area: speech production
  2. Frontal cortex: thinking
  3. Auditory cortex: hearing
  4. Motor cortex: control of movement
  5. Somatosensory cortex: touch
  6. Visual cortex: vision
  7. Cerebellum: unconscious control (eg posture, balance)

Illustration © Glen McBeth

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Thinking’ in September 2006 and reviewed and updated in August 2014.

Neuroscience, Psychology
Education levels:
14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development