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Brain/Nervous System

The brain and nervous system are responsible for essential body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, sensory information processing, and motor actions. The brain is the communication and control center for the body and is responsible for higher mental functions such as memory, planning, problem solving, and attention. Vision processing and emotional regulation are also housed in the brain.

Why It's Important

Injuries to the brain or nervous system can seriously impact day to day functioning of individuals in areas such as movement, speech, emotional regulation, memory, and cognition.

Other Data and Information Resources

New Jersey Department of Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services