Cognition: Cerebellum Role

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Evidence that the cerebellum is not purely devoted to motor control comes from neuroimaging studies of healthy individuals and from neuropsychological testing of patients with disorders that affect the cerebellum. Data suggest that the cerebellum contributes to cognitive processes, including executive function. Specific cerebellar contributions to cognition are not well understood. However, operations of closed cerebro-cerebellar loops likely provide the means by which the cerebellum supports a range of essential functions, from the coordination of basic motor execution to the synchronization of higher order planning and executive control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009


  • Alcoholism
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism
  • Cerebellar disease
  • Cerebro-cerebellar circuits
  • Cognitive function
  • Dyslexia
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Lesion
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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