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Cerebellum: the brain’s locomotion control center

Thomas Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego

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Cerebellum: the brain's locomotion control center 

The cerebellum of a mouse is shown here in cross-section. The cerebellum is the brain's locomotion control center. Every time you shoot a basketball, tie your shoe or chop an onion, your cerebellum fires into action. Found at the base of your brain, the cerebellum is a single layer of tissue with deep folds like an accordion. People with damage to this region of the brain often have difficulty with balance, coordination and fine motor skills.

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This page last reviewed on August 30, 2017