Diagram Of Brain

Table of Contents

  1. Forebrain
  2. Midbrain
  3. Hindbrain

The Human Brain

The brain is the centre of our thoughts and the central organ of the human nervous system. It is the most complex and important organ in the body, which is made up of more than 100 billions of specialized nerves and functions by controlling all the metabolic functions of our body.

The human brain is located in the head and enclosed within the skull, which provides frontal, lateral and dorsal protection. There are only a few creatures without their brain. We cannot live without the brain, as it is mainly responsible for thoughts, interpretation and origin of control for body movements. It also functions as the coordinating centre of intellectual, sensation and the nervous system.

The diagram of the brain is useful for both Class 10 and 12. It is one among the few topics having the highest weightage of marks and is majorly asked in the examinations. A brief description of the brain along with a well-labelled diagram is given below for further reference.

Structure And Function Of The Human Brain

Structure of human brain

Parts Of The Human Brain

The human brain is divided into three parts:

  1. Forebrain.
  2. Midbrain.
  3. Hindbrain.

These three parts are comprised of multiple parts.


The forebrain is also called as Prosencephalon.

The forebrain is the anterior and the largest part of the brain, which comprises the cerebral hemispheres, the thalamus, and the hypothalamus. It also consists of two subdivisions called the telencephalon and diencephalon. Along with the optic nerves and cranial nerves, the forebrain also includes the olfactory system, or sense of smell as well as the lateral and third cerebral ventricles.

The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain, which occupies two-thirds of the brain’s volume and covers most other brain structures. It is involved in controlling the major functions like our learning ability and emotions.

The cerebrum consists of the cerebral cortex and other subcortical structures. It is composed of two cerebral hemispheres that are joined together by heavy, dense bands of fibre called the corpus callosum.

The cerebrum is further divided into four sections or lobes:

  • The Frontal Lobe

The frontal lobe is found just below the forehead. It is mainly responsible for the parts of speech, judgments, reasoning, solving problems, planning and for motor functions including movements. The frontal lobe is also associated with the self-regulate behaviours, facial expressions, controlling inhibition, to pay attention, to remember and to control emotions.

  • The Parietal Lobe

The parietal lobe is found at the upper rear of our brain. This lobe functions by controlling all our complex behaviours, including senses of vision, the sense of touch, body awareness and spatial orientation. It also plays important roles in manage body position, movements, the perception of stimuli, orientation, handwriting and visuospatial processing.

  • The Occipital Lobe

The occipital lobe is found at the back of our brain. It is mainly associated with the visual processing systems such as postures, expressions and gestures.

  • The Temporal Lobe 

The temporal lobe is found near to our ears and is associated with the speech, hearing and recognition of memory.


The midbrain is also called as Mesencephalon.

The midbrain is the smallest region of the brain, found at the centre of the brain, beneath the cerebral cortex, and above the hindbrain. It is mainly composed of the tectum, cerebral peduncle, tegmentum, cerebral aqueduct, cerebral peduncle, substantia nigra, several nuclei and fasciculi.

The midbrain act as a sort of relay station for our visual and auditory systems.  It is also called the red nucleus because some portions of the midbrain are involved with the voluntary movement and also control and coordination in the body movements. It contains a large number of dopamine-producing neurons. The degeneration of these neurons in the substantia nigra is associated with Parkinson’s disease.


The hindbrain is also called as Rhombencephalon.

The hindbrain is located at the lower back part of the brain. It is mainly composed of the Cerebellum, brain Stem, pons and the medulla.

The cerebellum controls activities such as balance and muscle movements. The cerebellum is at the base and the back of the brain. The cerebellum is responsible for coordination and balance.

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