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The brain is by far the most complicated organ in the human body This fits a purpose as the brain controls just about everything we do on a daily basis It functions in many ways such as making decisions dreaming at night and controlling balance and dexterity Controlling balance and dexterity is the most important function of the brain because it regulates sensory and motor movements The cerebellum is a part of the brain that is located on the rear side behind the brain stem It is what controls many of our motor functions such as balance and dexterity The cerebellum does this by getting information from other parts of the brain and the spine Parts of the brain send information to the cerebellum where it gives us the ability to maintain good balance and do things smoothly The spinal cord also plays a part in this by providing sensory input so we have better control over the position of our movement This function may not seem like it is very complicated at first but balance and dexterity can sometimes be damaged When the cerebellum is damaged many functions that would seem simple such as grabbing items can become difficult When going to doctor checkups some of the simple tests such as walking from heel to toe in a straight line or touching your finger to the tip of your nose can test the functions of the cerebellum If the cerebellum was damaged however these easy tests would be much more difficult Without a normal functioning cerebellum you may start to lean back and forth step off the line or even fall over The cerebellum coordinates functions of our muscles so when we reach out to grab things or do physical movements we can do them with accuracy and strong dexterity every time To coordinate these functions the cerebellum has to control
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