The mysterious, multifaceted cerebellum

The cerebellum was considered so unimportant that many scientists would simply ignore it in neuroimaging studies or, when they removed the brains of animals for many kinds of studies, they would chop the structure off and throw it away. 

“That’s how the field has been for a very long time,” says Krystal Parker, a neuroscientist at the University of Iowa.

Things are slowly beginning to change, however, as evidence builds that the cerebellum makes important contributions to cognition, emotion and social behavior.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020