Tucked beneath the thalamus of the adult human brain is the tiny hypothalamus representing 0.5% of the total brain volume. The diminutive size is deceptive, however:
[T]he hypothalamus is without peer in its authority over body adjustments to our external and internal environments.... [It] regulates body temperature, hunger, thirst, sexual activity, goal seeking behavior, endocrine functions, affective (emotional) behavior, and the activity of the visceral nervous system (Diamond, Scheibel, and Elson, 1985).
KeywordsPituitary Gland Anterior Pituitary Median Eminence Anterior Lobe Posterior Lobe
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