The Human Brain : From Neurone to Nervous System

SPLIT BRAINS: EFFECTS of DIVIDING THE CORPUS CALLOSUM


  1. The corpus callosum is a wide, flat bundle of axons that run between the two hemispheres and allows each side of the brain to communicate with the other. It consists of over 200 million axons and is the main commissure of the brain. This tutorial concerns the consequences of cutting through the whole of the corpus callosum.

  2. In the 1960s, surgical section of the corpus callosum was performed on some epileptic patients in an attempt to stop epileptic seizures spreading from one side of the body to the other.

    The complete division of the corpus callosum resulted in some interesting observations regarding how the two hemispheres function when they have to work independently of each other.



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