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Mon, 29th Sep 2014

The smartest part of our brain

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Relative to our body sizes, humans have very large brains. In particular, the cerebral cortex, which is the outer surface of the brain - is very well developed in man compared with other animals. Traditionally, scientists have concluded that this is what sets us apart from other animals.
But now a new study from Durham scientist Robert Barton has revealed that we may have completely overlooked the contribution of another brain area, called the cerebellum, which sits behind and below the main part of the brain and was thought to be concerned mainly with movement.

He explained to Chris Smith how the cerebellum may have helped us become the social, successful animals that we are today.

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