Neuroanatomy

Purves et al. part of Chapter 1, Appendix, the Sylvius CD, Box A in Chapter 19 for prions, Figure from chapter 22

Resources

Here is a site I found on mouse brain anatomy

I found these pictures of stereotaxic apparatus at the Kopf Instrument site.
Sutures in bones are landmarks for surgery, Bregma is the anterior square one, and Lambda is the posterior V shaped one, and here is a picture from a site where you can buy a rat skull on a chain.
Using these landmarks, a rat brain atlas, and a drill, electrodes can be placed into specified locations for stimulating or lesioning.

Here is a site for sheep brain dissection.

Acknowledgements
In 1970-1971, I was assigned to be a teaching assistant (TA) in Physiological Psychology at the University of Wiscconsin - Madison for Prof. Richard Keesey. Without the help of the senior TA, Norm Ferguson, I do not know how I would have survived. A few years later, Norm published "Neuropsychology Laboratory Manual" (Norman B. L. Ferguson, San Francisco, Albion Publishing Company, 1977), with good coverage on anatomy. The slide collection I present to you is mostly the slide collection I was given to use as a TA. For the first time in recent years, a student dissection of the sheep brain is being incorporated into this course. The dissection guide, which we will follow, and the glossary of neuroanatomical terms, which is entertaining and informative, is from the course I TAed. This lab was prepared and added to the Neuro curriculum for Spring 2005 mostly from the efforts of Christine Zelle, Lab coordinator for upper division biology labs. 2006 revisions included (1) labeling the slides, (2) simplifying the dissection guide from its original version, and (3) hyperlinking to slides from the guide; some of these revisions were suggested by 2005 students in their course assessment.

The Prion Lecture

Chapter 19 Box A p. 427
Prion diseases - this is in the cerebellum chapter because cerebellar ataxia is one of the characteristics of the diseases; I put it here as a warning for obvious reasons.
Creutzfeldt - Jakob Disease (CJD) "Spongiform" (brain turns to sponge) degeneration.
There were seemingly esoteric* cases of spongiform encephalitis.
* for instance afflicting Jews in Lybia who thought raw sheep eyeballs were a delicacy.
Kuru was a disease in New Guinea among cannibals.
D. Carleton Gadjusek (1976 Nobel Prize) thought it was a slow virus.
Scrapie in sheep so named because they roll around with intense itching.

Personal reflection. Since we did a sheep brain dissection in physiological psychology lab at Hopkins, I wondered if rubber gloves were necessary. Since Baltimore was close to Bethesda, I called. Gadjusek was away, studying some remote tribe, but I spoke with his coworker (Gibbs) who thought formaldehyde might not kill the virus. Then I got on their mailing list and, once a month or so, got an inch thich envelope full of case studies of diseases in far away places. I had to move to Missouri (in 1979) to make it stop.

Stanley Pruisinger 1980's proposes "prion" (protenaceous infectious particle).
That a disease could be transmitted without virus or bactera was heresy at the time.
But he had strong evidence and won the 1997 Nobel Prize.
Normal protein (PrP-C [control]) is altered by altered form (PrP-Sc [scrapie])
In the 1990s when the term "mad cow disease," was applied to observations in Britain, it seemed like a joke.
Now "BSE" (bovine spongiform encephalitis) is no laughing matter.
In meat industry, having matter from other animals in the feed is really bad.
Can disease spread from animal to animal? (probably)
Can disease spread from animal to human? (probably)
Cases in Canida, mainland Europe, and even in the US are in the news.
Should "downers" ("cows" that have dropped to the ground) be slaughtered for food?
How is it that meat from one downer can be sold in many different states and, only later, the announcement is made that it had BSE?

To supplement the above material, please view the 2006 graduate student presentation on prions.

Background

big area of cerebral cortex (2.2 square meters) from folding into sulci and gyri

Fig. 1.6 EtoH p. 11
cellular cytoarchitecture - 2 mm thick cerebral cortex
6 layers, top (I) = molecular (without cells)
Brodman made areas (from cytoarchitecture), famous:
4 motor
17 vision

Fig. A1 [A,B] (Appendix) p. 718
Review (already covered in first lecture) and terminology:
Rostral - caudal
Medial - lateral
Ipsilateral - contralateral
Sagittal - coronal - horizontal

also:
gray matter, cortex, nucleus and ganglion
substantia (ex. substantia nigra) like nucleus but less distinct
locus (l. coeruleus) small distinct group
nerve, white matter, tract
bundle (medial forebrain bundle) go together but unrelated
capsule (internal c.) cerebrum - brainstem connection
commisure - one side to another
lemniscus (medial l.) - like ribbon

Fig. A10A p. 728
Fig (more detail) from Atlas, p. 746
Overall external anatomy viewed laterally
Shows brains of mammals (cortex = "bark")
cerebrum senses - hemisphere controls contralateral
cerebellum (little brain) - hemisphere controls ipsilateral
Landmarks:
Central Sulcus divides
postcentral gyrus (primary sensory projection)
17 vision
precentral gyrus (primary motor area) Brodman made area 4 motor
Lateral (Sylvian) fissure
Brainstem

Fig. A3 p. 720
frontal lobe - planning behavior
parietal lobe - attending to stimuli
temporal lobe - recognition
occipital lobe - visual analysis

Figure, (not in book anymore, but relates to Fig. 22.3 p. 482)
Developmental introduction to neuroanatomy
(there is also a development chapter, chapter 21)
Prosencephalon
Mesencephalon
Rhombencephalon
Each of the above develops further. note (especially):
Telencephalon -olfactory bulbs, cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, hippocampus, etc.
Diencephalon is thalamus (sensory & motor "relay") and hypothalamus (visceral function)
Mesencephalon - tectum -> superior and inferior colliculi (vision and audition respectively)
Metencephalon - cerebellum, pons
Myelencephalon - medulla - auditory, somatic, gustatory

Table A2 (appendix) pp. 724-725
and

Fig. A7 (appendix) p. 723
Fig. More detail from atlas p. 747
and figure from sheep brain dissection
another figure from sheep
yet another
ventral view of brain
cranial nerves.(some are tracts)
sensory vs. motor, somatic vs. visceral (autonomic)
I olfactory
II optic
III occulomotor - goes to 4 external eye muscles, pupil, accomodation, eyelids
IV trochlear - to superior oblique muscle
V trigeminal - somatic from face, chewing
VI abducens - to external rectus muscle of eye
VII facial - facial muscles, lacrimal and salivary glands, taste
VIII auditory / vestibular
IX glossopharyngeal - taste from back of tongue, sense from pharynx, carotid baroreceptors
X vagus - autonomic, sensation, vocal cords, swallowing
XI accessory - shoulder & neck muscles
XII hypoglossal - tongue movements

some other ventral landmarks:
pyramids- of pyramidal (corticospinal tract) (decussation is caudal to this) (vs. extrapyramidal)
mammallary body, pons, inferior olive (motor control), rhinal fissure, etc
optic nerve, chiasm and tract
cerebral peduncles - axons between brainstem and cortex

Fig. A14 p. 734
Fig (Magnetic resonance) from atlas, p. 748
neocortex (found only in mammals),
hippocampus (archipallium) (one cell layer) (seahorse shaped)
and olfactory cortex

Fig A12 p 730
Fig, more detail, from atlas, p. 746
human midsagittal
sheep
close up
tract dissection
thalamus, hypothalamus, midbrain, pons, medulla
(subthalamus is between, concerned with motor function)
corpus callosum, anterior commisure, cingulate sulcus and gyrus, etc.
optic chiasm, infundibular stalk, pituitary, mammallary body, pineal, colliculi, etc.
some of these are in limbic system (chapter 29)

Fig. A8 p. 724
sheep
dorsal view of midbrain and brainstem
Cerebellum has 3 peduncles
superior and inferior colliculi
many important nuclei, principally of cranial nerves, are drawn in

Fig. A14A p. 734
coronal section
this view is especially good for the basal ganglia and internal capsule
striatum = caudate + putamen

Fig sheep
Fig Magnetic resonance p 752
horizintal section

Prep for dissection
A
B
C
D
E
F
G

Fig. A2A p. 719
spinal cord - cervical thoracic lumbar and sacral nerves
Cauda equina branches out toward bottom

Fig. A21
meninges (as in meningitis)
(1) dura (2) arachnoid (3) pia
subarachnoid space has cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
So do ventricles.
sheep

Fig. A23
ventricles
the CSF is "isolated" by the blood-brain-barrier (BBB)
and is secreted by the choroid plexus

Exam questions from 2005 - 2012 relating to this outline (plus dissection guide and slides)


With your "orange stick," you scrape all the gray matter out of one sulcus. Answer either (1) How can you tell what direction the myelinated axons run? or (2) Where do the first axons you find come from and go to?

stick glides in axon direction and scrapes across the grain, from and to the adjacent gyri

In the corticospinal tract, these motor cells in the precentral gyrus make their first synapse (where?).

to the spinal motor neuron in the ventral horn

You have a rat brain atlas and your anesthetized rat (in an approved protocol) is mounted in a stereotactic device with the skull exposed. Say something about what you need to do to get the tip of an electrode into the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus.

measure from the bone sutures*, drill a hole, lower the electrode to the correct depth*, *=requires consulting the atlas

Before Pruissinger's prion hypothesis... answer either (1) What kind of disease? was explained by Nobelist Gadjusec by a virus? (2) A virus with what special kind of properties?

spongiform encephalitis, CJD, kuru, etc.; slow

The medial forebrain bundle goes through the lateral hypothalamus and includes [answer either] (what famous tract?) that is disupted in (what disease?).

nigrostriatal tract, Parkinson's

What do you have to cut off to see the floor of the fourth ventricle?

cerebellum

The left side of the cerebellum controls which side of the body?

left

"Massa intermedia" is an operational term for what major relay structure in the brain?

thalamus

If you miss the midsagittal cut a tiny bit... Name one of the three tracts you would see where the thalamus is located.

fornix, mamillothalamic tract, habenulopeduncular tract

For questions 10-13, see this figure

10. Name this structure (or give it's cranial nerve number)

olfactory bulb, I

11. This white matter is seen in the midsaggital view as... (name either of the two tracts).

fornix, hippocampal comisure

12. What is this artery that feeds the circle of Willis?

internal carotid

13. What is this structure?

lateral geniculate nucleus (thalamus)

For questions 14-21, see this figure

14. These fibers, hidden as they pass under the pons, form what tract?

corticospinal, pyramidal

15. Here it is called the pons. What do you call these fibers, on the "other side," in the dissection of the 3 components of the cerebellar peduncle?

brachium pontis or middle cerebellar peduncle

16. This one nucleus is in a system with two others. Name one of the two OTHER nuclei.

putamen, globis pallidus

17. What is the frog's equivalent of this structure?

optic tectum

18. What is this major body of white matter called?

internal capsule

19. What was revealed after you removed this important limbic structure wrapped in myelinated axons (i.e. under the structure you removed)?

thalamus

20. The brains provided for your dissection still had this white "membrane" (called what?) that you were required to remove before proceeding.

dura mater

21. For this figure, answer either (1) What is it called when the entire white matter under the cortical layers is exposed? or (2) What is the term used for these particular axons?

corona radiata, arcuate fibers

How did Pruisinger propose that a protein (without DNA or RNA) can be infectious and alter the proteins in the victim, making those proteins infectious.

protein in scrapie configuration converts protein in control configuration into the scrapie form

Other than cerebral cortex, name a major component of the telencephalon.

basal ganglia, hippocampus, olfactory bulb, basal forebrain

The oculomotor nerve (cranial nerve #3) has strictly motor function. State one of the other motor functions (other than connections to striated muscle associated with the eye).

accomodation, pupillary reflex

For striatum or lenticular nucleus, explain how the body got its name.

striated because of branches of internal capsule, shaped like a convex lens in horizontal section

(for # 15-19) go here

15. Give a name, number or function of the cranial nerve indicated.

occulomotor, 3, eye movement, pupil, accomodation

16. Give the function (for both) or a name (for either) area of white matter indicated .

outgoing voluntary motor tract, trapezoid body, trapezoid body

17. What is this white area called?

pons

18. Answer either (1) What is this structure called? Or (2) Say one of the things you would see if you removed that structure.

septum pellucidum, head of the caudate and lateral ventrical

19. What is this area called?

hypothalamus, third ventrical

(#s 20-24) go here

20. What is this white matter called?

internal capsule

21. What is this large structure in the middle of the brain called?

thalamus

22. What is this white matter called?

corpus callosum

23. What is the white matter on the outside of this structure called? (Alternatively, you could say one of the tracts on the midsagittal slice you see that are formed from these axons.)

fimbria, fornix, hippocampal commisure

24. What white matter is being ripped here?

(#s 25-29) go here

25. What kind of information is being carried by this tract?

olfactory

26. What is this cross-over structure called?

optic chiasm

27. What is this large area of the brain called?

cerebellum

28. You definitely saw this huge nerve in your dissection (pointed to twice). Give a name or number. Hint: there are 3 branches coming in from touch sensation in the the face.

trigeminal, 5

29. What is the name associated with the gray matter you needed to scrape away (from the mid-sagittal plane) to reveal this tract?

massa intermedia, thalamus

For Questions 1-8, refer to these pictures

1. Although it is operationally named the "massa intermedia," it is actually (what specific part of the brain?).

thalamus

2. What is this conspicuous white structure seen in mid-sagittal section?

optic chiasm

3. From a different perspective, you peeled off the hippocampus and saw this. Answer either (1) What is it called (specifically)? Or (2) What (functional) system is it part of?

lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus, visual

4. From a different perspective, you saw this structure hiding in the lateral ventricle behind the septum pellucidum. What is it?

head of the caudate nucleus

5. What is the name of this colossal body?

duh, corpus callosum

6. The hippocampus, shown here, is associated with white matter over its surface plus two tracts that can be seen in (or near) mid-sagittal section. One of those three would suffice for the answer.

fimbria, fornix, hippocampal commisure

7. A structure associated with the visual system is here. Answer either (1) What is it called in the sheep? (2) What is it called in the frog? Or (3) In combination with a nearby auditory structure, both bilateral, what name indicates this foursome?

superior colliculus, optic tectum, corpora (lamina) quadrigemina

8. When you cut off the cerebellum and looked at the floor of the fourth ventricle, what was this structure called (viewed from that perspective)?

brachium pontis of the cerebellar peduncle

Look here for 9-12

9. You can see this tract of white matter on the ventral surface of the brain. What system is it part of?

10. Suppose I'm pointing to the diencephalons, not the ventricle. What part of the diencephalons is this?

hypothalamus

11. This and the nearby tracts and the associated gray matter are part of a major subdivision of the brain collectively called (what?).

cerebellum

12. Which nerve controlling extraocular muscles has been cropped out?

occulomotor (III)

13. Your animal care protocol is approved. You have your anesthetized rat in the stereotaxic device and you have exposed bregma and lamda. What else do you need to aim an electrode tip to the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus?

a rat brain atlas

14. How come you do not have spongiform encephalitis even though you have the protein in your brain, and even though you could contract spongiform encephalitis if exposed to tissue from a person or animal that does?

the protein would need to be changed to the diseased configuration (scrapie) from the normal configuration (control)

15. You are looking at the outside of the brain. Name a structure from the prosencephalon that you cannot see.

basal ganglia (any of them), hippocampus, internal capsule

16. 'The cranial nerves have sensory and motor functions. Regarding motor functions, they can be either for the (list both) motor systems."

autonomic & somatic

17. "The thalamus is a 'relay' for " Complete that sentence for both general functions.

sensory and somatic motor



For questions 1-5, refer here

1. The dissection reveals the brachium pontis, the brachium conjunctivum and Answer either (1) the third part. Or (2) the whole structure (all three put together).

restiform body (inferior cerebellar peduncle), cerebellar peduncle

2. Rostral to the above, in the midbrain, is the lamina quadrigemina. Answer either (1) the function of the inferior pair. Or (2) the function of the superior pair.

auditory center, visual center

3. Answer either (1) name or number of this nerve. Or (2) a specific function other than somatic motor control.

occulomotor (III), autonomic (pupil and accomodation)

4. What is the artery that feeds the circle of Willis?

internal carotid

5. Answer either (1) What is the function of the axons you see here? Or (2) What is the name given to the structure delineated here?

(pyramidal) motor system (corticospinal tract), trapezoid body

For questions 6-11, refer here

6. If you could see through the optic chiasm, what diencephalic structure would you be seeing?

hypothalamus (suprachiasmatic nucleus)

7. Tracts branching from what huge white matter structure give rise to this striated appearance?

internal capsule

8. "Periaqueductal gray" where the aqueduct connects what two numbered ventricles?

3rd and 4th

9. Here's a place you've heard of. (hint, the site of action of N-acetyltransferase and hydroxy indole O-methyl transferase)

pineal

10. Looks like we missed "mid" in this midsagittal cut by a bit. What nucleus would we see in the lateral ventricle on the other side?

caudate

11. What is this white matter?

optic chiasm

For questions 12-15, refer here

12. What is this white matter?

internal capsule (corona radiata)

13. You had a difficult time peeling off this tough layer called (what?).

dura mater

14. In addition to the fornix, what white matter from the fimbria is found in this area?

hippocampal commisure

15. If we tear through this (what is this?), we will see (answer to #10).

septum pellucidum

16. You have a rat in a stereotactic instrument. How do you decide where to drill the hole through the skull to reach a specific location?

a stereotactic atlas tells you the location relative to (XY) bone suture (lamda and bregma) and depth (Z)

17. With a stereotactic instrument, you aim for the medial nucleus of the hypothalamus and make a lesion (and collect data on the animal's weight for a few months). How can you know whether you hit your intended target?

You must do histology on the brain to see if the lesion is near the intended target (as identified in the atlas)

18. Part of the human retina projects to the contralateral lateral geniculate nucleus. The other part projects to the (what?) lateral geniculate nucleus.

ipsilateral, duh

19. You can contract Creutzfeld Jacob disease by eating contaminated tissue. Why is the current hypothesis explaining the spread of such diseases so contradogmatic with respect to infectious diseases?

no nucleic acids are involved, only protein, and even here, it is conformation that is critical

20. Using a term such as "myelencephalon," where is the frog's optic tectum?

mesencephalon

21. There are sensory and motor functions for the cranial nerves. In addition to striated muscle control, what other kind of motor control do the cranial nerves subserve?

parasympathetic autonomic

22. "The thalamus is a major relay station" [yes, I know that is an oversimplification] "for the motor system and for (what?)."

sensory systems as they project to the cortex

23. Why is the medial forbrain bundle called bundle instead of tract?

It is a collection of different tracts with different functions traversing together

24. "When you dip your face in water, parasympathetic and sympathetic changes mediate the diving response" caused by sensory input from what nerve?

trigeminal (5)

25. "The fimbria forms the fornix" and also it makes (what big gray area?) look white.

hi[ppocampus

26. Answer one of these: (1) Why would you need to use a different method of lesioning to study the behavioral effects of lesions of the hippocampus (compared with, say, the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus). Or (2) how would you do such lesioning?

(1) it is huge, (2) use suction (or a lot of electrolytic lesions

27. What, specifically, takes up more space in the cervical and lumbar enlargements?

spinal motorneurons

28. What is the function of the choroid plexus?

secrete cerebrospinal fluid

29. The brainstem is considered to be the midbrain, the medulla, and (what?)

pons

30. The more conventional name for the archipallium.

hippocampus



For 1-16, refer to Figs 1st p, 2nd p, 3rd p, 4th p,

1. The name of this bulge.

pons

2. The name of this blood vessel feeding the circle of Willis.

internal carotid artery

3. The name of this ventricle.

3rd

4. The name of this nucleus. Its function. (two points)

caudate, motor (extrapyramidal

5. The name of this tract.

fornix

6. What big tract is being ripped here?

internal capsule

7. The name of this structure.

hippocampus

8. What part of the thalamus is this?

lateral geniculate

9. The name of this whole tract that is teased into 3 components on the other side.

cerebellar peduncle

10. Name one of the two nuclei that form this lens-shaped nucleus.

ptuamen, glogus pallidus

11. The name of this bulge. The name of the equivalent structure in the frog. (2 points)

superior colliculus, optic tectum

12. The name of this big bundle of cross over axons.

corpus callosum

13. The name of this bulge. Its function. (2 points)

precentral gyrus, motor

14. The name of this major subdivision of the brain.

cerebellum

15. The name of this small bundle of cross over axons.

anterior commisure

16. The name of this major subdivision of the brain.

medulla

Using a stereotaxic atlas of the rat brain and a stereotaxic apparatus, what do you measure from on the rat's head to find a defined brain location like the ventromedial nucleus of the
hypothalamus?

bone sutures bregma and lambda

Why do they call part of the basal ganglia the "striatum?"

brances off the internal capsule make these nuclei look striped

Only one of the cranial nerves for eye movements is also part of the parasympathetic nervous system. Which?

occulomotor (III)

When you remove the cerebellum, you are looking at the floor of which ventricle?

4th

The hippocampus looks white because of axons of the fimbria that form what major tract?

fornix

Among the meninges (brain membranes), which is the toughest?

dura mater

When Stanley Pruisinger, who eventually won a Nobel Prize, proposed the prion theory for spongiform encephalitis, how was he disagreeing with the Nobel Prize winning work
of D. Carleton Gadjusek?

SP said a protein could be infectious while DCG thought more traditionally that it was a virus (a slow one)

For questions # 1 - 4, refer to this figure.

1. This gray matter. Note that it is covered with white matter. Also note its location between the white matter of the cerebral cortex and the thalamus.

hippocampus

2. This thin midsagittal structure blocks your view into the lateral ventricle and the head of the caudate nucleus.

septum pellucidum

3. Part of the mesencephalon, this part of the lamina quadrigemina is a visual area related to the optic tectum of the frog.

superior colliculus

4. This bulge, white matter, leads to the brachium pontis of the cerebellar pecuncle. On the ventral view of the brain, it blocks your view of the pyramidal tract.

pons

for 5-8, see this figure

5. If you started cutting into the longitudinal fissure, what is the first white matter you would cut?

corpus callosum

6. This visual structure blocks your view to the supraoptic nucleus of the hypothalamus.

optic chiasm

7, Many of the brains we had for dissection showed this ribbon-shaped cranial nerve.

oculomotor nerve (III)

8. This tract is named for its connection from the thalamus to what specific portion of the hypothalamus, a body which would be conspicuous on the ventral view.

mammillary body

for 9-12, see this figure

9. This portion of the cerebellar peduncle has axons that are seen in what ventral structure?

pons

10. What commisure is here? (The arrow does not point to the corpus callosum.)

hippocampal commisure

11. What major subdivision of the brain is this?

cerebellum

12. Why is the hippocampus white?

its output axons, the fimbria, are on the surface

"Each picture in a stereotactic atlas of the rat brain is a coronal section with its distance anterior or posterior of bregma indicated." Translate.

coronal is dorsal-ventral, lateral-contralateral plane, and bregma is a landmark on the sutures of the bones

Why did I decide to tell the prion story in the neuroanatomy lecture before the brain dissection?

to give you a cautious appreciation for how contact with neural tissue, in the case of scrapie, might be dangerous

The pons covers up a white matter that goes from the cerebral peduncles through the pyramids. What is this tract (not the pons, rather the tract covered by the pons) used for?

motor output

The most obvious of the "membranes" (meninges) of an "un-peeled" brain is a very thick and tough one called the (what)?

dura mater

"Bundle," "capsule,""commisure," and "lemniscus" are all terms referring to what specific type of tissue?

tracts

Toward the bottom of the spinal cord, there are many parallel tracts. What is this called?

cauda equina

Sometimes caudate plus putamen is called striatum. Why?

looks striated from branches of white matter off the internal capsule

What vascular tissue, seen dark in dissection, secretes cerebrospinal fluid?

choroid plexus

For 1-3, see here

1. In some brains, this was intact, in others, it was damaged, revealing a fluid-filled compartment. What is it?

olfactory bulb

2. Hardly anybody had this good of a view of this pair of laterally projecting nerves found near the stump of this obvious rostrally projecting nerve. Give the name or number of one of them.

Facial (7) or auditory (8)

3. If this tract is followed laterally and superiorally, with the cerebellum removed, it is part of a huge structure of white matter. What is this white matter called?

cerebellar peduncle

For 4-8, see here

4. Here is white matter (covered by the pons). What is the function of this white matter tract?

motor (pyramidal [corticospinal] tract)

5. Between the two lines (and just on the other side of the optic chiasm) lies what structure, important in motivation?

hypothalamus

6. With the cerebellum removed, what are the midbrain structures seen

superior (and inferior) colliculi,, lamina (corpora) quadrigemina

7. and what would the visual counterpart be called in the frog?

optic tectum

8. What ventricle is this?

4th

For 9-12, see here

9. What motor nucleus is right on the other side of the septum?

caudate

10. What is the name of this huge area of white matter?

internal capsule

11. Covered by the hippocampus, what is the specific function of this part of the thalamus?

vilson (lateral geniculate nucleus [body])

12. The fimbria fibers that make this structure white are bundled together in what tract that can be seen in mid-sagittal section?

fornix

What distinguishes a bundle (like the medial forebrain bundle) from a tract?

several unrelated tracts travel together

What are the diencephalic structures that would be seen in the neighborhood of the third ventricle?

thalamus and hypothalamus

The surface of the hippocampus is white. How, during the dissection, would you ascertain the direction that these axons go?

stroke with the grain and across the grain with the cuticle stick

Starting at the lumbar area and going through the sacral area, describe the spinal cord.

cauda equina, a bunch of nerves


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