Nerd Alert: When your computer has a medical vocabulary!


Spell check is beautiful thing (especially for those challenged in the sphere of letter arranging like myself…that red line beneath words is an all too familiar sight. *sigh) However, in the medical and science fields those red lines can be prolific even when spelled correctly, especially with words like: Diencephalon, Homonymous Hemianopsia filling your documents….it is a beautiful things when you “teach” your computer these words:


Yup, thank you computer!

So…when you’ve got those big words: double check they are spelled correctly and then click –>”Add to dictionary” Pretty soon your computer will be a big ‘ol nerd too! (yay)

Remember the components of the Diencephalon? There it is in red:


Located beneath the cerebral hemispheres meaning “between brain” as it is between the cerebrum and midbrain, it is the area in our brain where the major motor and sensory tracts synapse. It acts as an interactive site between the CNS and endocrine system, as well as complementing the limbic system. Contains 4 main components:

  1. Thalamus – Relay station for sensory and motor impulses to and from cerebrum. Receives info from cerebellum, basal ganglia, and all sensory pathways except the olfactory tract (which goes directly to cortex). Plays an important role in memory, feelings, and emotions through connections with the limbic system & prefrontal lobe of cortex.
  2. Hypothalamus– Receives information from the external environment and integrates information from the autonomic nervous system and assists in regulating body functions such as hunger, thirst, body temperature, sexual behavior and sleep. It is physically connected to the pituitary gland and helps regulate it’s function.
  3. SubthalamusР Important for regulating movements produced by skeletal muscles and is associated with the basal ganglia and substantia niagara
  4. Epithalamus – Location of the pineal gland. Secretes melatonin and is involved in circadian rhythms, the body’s internal clock, selected regulation of motor pathways, and emotions. Associated with the limbic system and the basal ganglia


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