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What are the functions of the motor cortex and the sensory cortex of the human brain?

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Sam S. Share
Dec 9, 2015


The sensory cortex helps you process information that is picked up by your five senses. The motor cortex deals with your ability to move.


The Sensory Cortex:
Includes portions of the cerebral cortex that process and make sense out of information gathered by our senses

  • vision
  • audition (sound)
  • olfaction (smell)
  • gustation (taste)
  • and somatosensation (touch).

  • also includes the primary sensory cortex and secondary sensory cortex which are the parts that actually analyze the information your five senses are giving you, and decide what to do with it.

The Motor Cortex:
One of the brain's most important areas involved in motor function.

  • located in the frontal lobe of the brain

  • The role of the primary motor cortex is to generate neural impulses that control the execution of movement.

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