LAB 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM (CNS)

Student Preparation Guide

Objectives

  • Apply the anatomical planes of orientation as you look at the CNS specimens and cross-sectional imaging studies.
  • Describe the major surface markings of the forebrain and brainstem.
  • Identify major sulci and gyri on the surface of the brain.
  • Identify the 5 cerebral lobes and define their boundaries in general terms.
  • Describe the location/organization of grey matter and white matter in the CNS in general terms.
  • Relate the three meningeal layers and the spaces between them to common pathologies that can be found in these real and potential spaces.
  • Explain the organization of the ventricular system and the location of its component parts, as well as the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

Videos


Introduction to the CNS

Learning Modules

Web Atlas

Please explore the web atlas provided on this site (see navigation menu to the left), including the micrographs.

Additional Links


General Introduction to CNS

(handwritten tutorial)

Gross Cortical Anatomy

(handwritten tutorial: gyri, sulci)

Gross Cortical Anatomy

(handwritten tutorial: medial surface)
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