12. Sensing, Feeling, and Interacting

  1. Dianne M. Broussard

Published Online: 23 AUG 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118730133.ch12

The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills

The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills

How to Cite

Broussard, D. M. (2013) Sensing, Feeling, and Interacting, in The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118730133.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 AUG 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118125632

Online ISBN: 9781118730133



  • air hunger;
  • cerebellum;
  • emotional expression;
  • mental imagery;
  • prediction;
  • sensory perception;
  • social skills;
  • thirst


This chapter talks about cerebellar functions. It discusses experimental evidence that the cerebellum contributes to sensory perception and mental imagery; attention and prediction; music; social skills; mirroring; and, last but not least, emotion. The chapter explains two surprising observations about air hunger and thirst, which we may not think have anything to do with the cerebellum. From the observations the author examines the evidence that the cerebellum participates in sensation, emotion, and self-control. All three potentially participate in the cerebellar responses. The cerebellum has multiple functions that include sensory perception and motor control. Its purpose is to contribute processing capacity to all of them. Prediction of movements is also important for interpreting sensory events. Mental imagery appears to make use of the posterior lobes. Social skills, such as connecting with others and appropriate expression of emotions, require normal function of the posterior-lobe hemispheres and vermis.