Cast of Characters



Chekhov, Pavel (Major)

—Complex Memory Functions

Chekhov Sr. (Sergeant First Class)


The Cortical Crew


The Emotions

—RAGE (Staff Sergeant)

—LUST (Staff Sergeant)

—SEEKING (Sergeant)

—PLAY (Sergeant)

—PANIC/GRIEF (Corporal)


Kirk, James T. (Colonel)

—The Sense of Self

McCoy, Leonard (Command Sergeant Major)

—The Sense of Survival

Scott, Montgomery (Chief Warrant Officer 5)


Spock (Lieutenant Colonel)

—Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex

Spock Sr. (First Sergeant)


Sulu, Hikaru (Major)

—Premotor Cortex

Sulu Sr. (Sergeant First Class)


Troi, Deanna (Lieutenant Colonel)

—”Older” Cortical Areas Associated with Emotion and Bodily Monitoring

Uhura, Nyota (Major)

—Orbitofrontal Cortex

Uhura Sr. (Sergeant First Class)



Brain Regions/Functions


Amygdala = 1SG Spock Sr.

a roughly almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions, especially FEAR Oxford Dictionary

Cerebellum = SFC Sulu Sr.
the part of the brain at the back of the skull in vertebrates. Its function is to coordinate and regulate muscular activity.  Oxford Dictionary

Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex = LTC Spock

part of the prefrontal cortex that is one of the brain sections responsible for executive functions, such as working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning,  inhibition, and abstract reasoning.  Wikipedia

Hippocampus = SFC Chekhov Sr.

the elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain, thought to be the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. Oxford Dictionary

Hypothalamus = SFC Uhura Sr.

a region of the forebrain below the thalamus that coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity. Oxford Dictionary

Orbitofrontal Cortex = Major Uhura

the area of the cerebral cortex located at the base of the frontal lobes above the orbits (or eye sockets), involved especially in social and emotional behavior.  Oxford Dictionary

Prefrontal Cortex = the Bridge Crew

the gray matter of the anterior part of the frontal lobe that is highly developed in humans and plays a role in the regulation of complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Merriam-Webster

Premotor Cortex = MAJ Sulu

Both the lateral and medial areas of the premotor cortex are intimately involved in selecting a specific movement or sequence of movements from the repertoire of possible movements.  Neuroscience, 2d Ed. 2001

Thalamus = CW5 Scott

Brain area involved with the relaying of sensory and motor signals to the cerebral cortex, and the regulation of consciousness, sleep, and alertness. Wikipedia