Brian from “Family Guy”

Brian from “Family Guy”

A large cerebellum: He walks both upright and on four legs. He is also known to run around. This large Cerebellum is useful for him to keep his balance between his different walking styles.

Cerebrum:  As you would expect in a dog, or a human, Brian’s cerebrum is the largest part of his brain. BUT the size of lobes in his cerebrum differ from each other. His frontal lobe is the biggest of the 4 main lobes (frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal). The frontal is used for reasoning, planning, parts of speech, movement, emotions, and problem solving. If you watch Family Guy, you know that Brian is the “smart one” of the show. He writes books, advises politicians, shares his opinions on philosophies, and just about everything in between.


Limbic System: In Brian’s limbic system, he has one area that stands out. His hippocampus in much larger than a normal brain’s. The hippocampus is responsible for some learning and memory.


Brain Stem and Spinal cord: Brian has a fairly normal brain stem and spinal cord, but for one main difference. Brian’s spinal cord is flexible and can be in an up-right standing position and an angled dog-like position. This unique adaptation helps him to be both human and dog like on “Family Guy”


brian from family guy

2 responses to “Brian from “Family Guy””

  1. Brianna Margaret Cathey says:

    Brian is my favorite character on Family Guy! I That’s creative that you gave him a specially adapted brain stem and spinal cord that allowed him to have human and dog posture. I also love your addition on the hippocampus – he is smarter than most dogs.

  2. Whitney Grace Wilson says:

    I love that you chose Brian! Your description of the structure of his brain really is perfect. I also imagined a flexible spinal chord/brain stem to allow multiple positions for the character chosen.

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