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Cerebrum vs. Cerebral Cortex: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 29, 2023
The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain, encompassing various structures, while the cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the cerebrum, involved in high-level brain functions.

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The cerebrum is the largest and most developed part of the human brain, responsible for complex brain functions. The cerebral cortex, a part of the cerebrum, is a thin layer of gray matter covering the outer portion of the cerebrum.
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Structurally, the cerebrum contains the cerebral cortex, white matter, and several other important areas such as the basal ganglia. The cerebral cortex itself is characterized by its highly wrinkled surface, increasing its surface area.
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Functionally, the cerebrum integrates sensory information, coordinates voluntary movement, and facilitates cognitive processes like thinking and problem-solving. The cerebral cortex plays a key role in memory, attention, perception, awareness, thought, language, and consciousness.
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The cerebrum is divided into two hemispheres, each controlling opposite sides of the body. The cerebral cortex is divided into four lobes: frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital, each with specific functions.
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In terms of development, the cerebrum undergoes significant growth and changes during a person’s life. The cerebral cortex, particularly its prefrontal region, continues to develop into early adulthood, influencing personality and decision-making.
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Comparison Chart

Part of Brain

Largest part, includes various structures
Outer layer of the cerebrum
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Function

Coordinates movement, processes sensory info, cognitive functions
Involved in memory, attention, perception, thought, language
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Structure

Includes cortex, white matter, and deep brain structures
Thin layer of gray matter, highly wrinkled
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Division

Two hemispheres, each controlling opposite body sides
Four lobes with specific functions
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Development

Significant growth and changes over life
Prefrontal cortex develops into early adulthood
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Cerebrum and Cerebral Cortex Definitions

Cerebrum

Largest Brain Part.
The cerebrum is the most prominent part of the human brain.
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Cerebral Cortex

Perception and Awareness.
Our perception of the world is shaped by the cerebral cortex.
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Cerebrum

Sensory Integration.
All sensory information is processed in the cerebrum.
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Cerebral Cortex

Memory and Attention.
The cerebral cortex is key in forming and retrieving memories.
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Cerebrum

Emotional Processing.
The cerebrum is involved in processing emotions and personality.
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Cerebral Cortex

Language Processing.
The cerebral cortex is involved in understanding and producing language.
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Cerebrum

Cognitive Functions.
The cerebrum plays a crucial role in our ability to think and learn.
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Cerebral Cortex

Conscious Thought.
Conscious thought processes occur in the cerebral cortex.
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Cerebrum

Motor Coordination.
The cerebrum controls voluntary muscle movements.
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Cerebral Cortex

Outer Layer of Cerebrum.
The cerebral cortex is the brain's outermost layer.
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Cerebrum

The large rounded structure of the brain occupying most of the cranial cavity, divided into two cerebral hemispheres that are joined at the bottom by the corpus callosum. It controls and integrates motor, sensory, and higher mental functions, such as thought, reason, emotion, and memory.
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Cerebrum

(neuroanatomy) The principal and most anterior part of the brain in vertebrates, which is located in the front area of the skull and divided into two hemispheres, left and right, separated by a fissure. In humans it is the largest part of the brain and is responsible for the integration of complex sensory functions and the initiation and coordination of voluntary activity, and the higher mental functions such as consciousness, thought, reason, emotion, and memory.
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Cerebrum

The anterior, and in man the larger, division of the brain; the seat of the reasoning faculties and the will. See Brain.
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Cerebrum

Anterior portion of the brain consisting of two hemispheres; dominant part of the brain in humans
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FAQs

Is the cerebrum the same as the brain?

The cerebrum is a major part of the brain, but not the entire brain.
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Does the cerebrum control involuntary actions?

No, the cerebrum mainly controls voluntary actions and cognitive processes.
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Is the cerebral cortex only in humans?

No, many animals have a cerebral cortex, but it's most developed in humans.
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Are the cerebrum and cerebral cortex visible in all brain scans?

Yes, they're visible in detailed scans like MRI or CT scans.
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What happens if the cerebral cortex is damaged?

Damage can affect memory, perception, and other cognitive functions.
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Is the cerebrum involved in sleep?

Yes, the cerebrum plays a role in regulating sleep patterns.
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What is the main function of the cerebral cortex?

It's involved in high-level functions like memory, attention, and consciousness.
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Does the cerebrum include the brainstem?

No, the cerebrum does not include the brainstem.
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Can damage to the cerebrum be repaired?

Some cerebrum damage can be mitigated, but many injuries are permanent.
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Does the cerebrum grow throughout life?

The cerebrum grows significantly in childhood and adolescence.
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Is the cerebral cortex thicker in smarter individuals?

There's some evidence linking cortical thickness to certain aspects of intelligence.
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Does the cerebrum process emotions?

Yes, the cerebrum, especially the frontal lobe, is involved in emotion processing.
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Does aging affect the cerebral cortex?

Yes, aging can lead to changes in the cortex's structure and function.
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Can the cerebral cortex regenerate?

The cerebral cortex has limited capacity for regeneration.
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Is the cerebrum the same in all mammals?

No, there's significant variation in size and complexity among mammals.
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Are the two hemispheres of the cerebrum identical?

They're similar but have different specializations, like language in the left hemisphere.
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Does learning new skills change the cerebral cortex?

Yes, learning can lead to changes in cortical structure and function.
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How is the cerebral cortex organized?

It's organized into four lobes, each with specific functions.
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Can you live without a cerebrum?

Living without a cerebrum is extremely rare and severely limits function.
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What's the role of the cerebral cortex in language?

It's crucial for both language comprehension and production.
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