The era of the cerebellum? New opportunities in neurology

Written by Alice Weatherston

The cerebellum, traditionally associated with motor control, is a brain region that you rarely hear much about; not being thought of as linked to any form of higher-level functioning such as thought processing or social interaction. However, in 1998 an influential paper by Jeremy Schmahmann [1] shed new light on the potential role of the cerebellum within the brain, highlighting its cognitive and emotional influences. Since then, interest has grown in this little-know region of the brain, with a new consensus on the definition of the disorder produced this year [2] and an increasing number of research groups working in...

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