Cerebral Cortex Anatomy: 9 Functions of the Cerebral Cortex

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Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 3 min read

The cerebrum is the largest part of the human brain, responsible for functions including memory, deliberate action, language, critical thinking, attention, perception, awareness, and overall consciousness. The outermost layer of the cerebrum's neural tissue is called the cerebral cortex, which coats both hemispheres of the brain.