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The Cranial Nerve Song — Sensory, Motor, or Both

Here’s a fun way to remember the twelve cranial nerves. Watch and see just how ingenious Leslie’s students are.


Transcript of Today’s Episode

Female Students 1 and 2: Welcome to another episode of Interactive Biology

Class: …where we’re making Biology fun.

Leslie: Oh yeah! Okay, so then, go!

Female Student 1: All right, so what we’re going to be talking about is the twelve cranial nerves and a fun little way of being able to remember them.

As I said, there are twelve cranial nerves. There are three that only carry sensory information. There are four that only carry motor information. And then, there are five that carry both.

I set it up just lining up the twelve cranial nerves and having them in order of sensory, motor and both and that’s how we get our three lines here.

So, cranial nerves I and II are going to be sensory, III and IV motor, V is both and then, we go back up to motor for cranial nerve VI; VII is going to be both.

Female Student 2: VIII sensory, IX and X are both, XI is motor and XII is both also.

Female Student 1: Okay, so then, what I did because I’m a piano player, I tied it to a musical staff. “Both” would be the space for note F, “motor” for A, “sensory” for C. So, we can tie a tune into this…

Female student 2: … And, it goes…

Female Students 1 and 2: Pam-pam-pam-pam pam-pa-pam. Pam-pam-pam-pa-pam. [Sings the tune]

Leslie: Oh yeah! Do that again. I want to hear it again.

Female student 1: Okay, so again…

Female Students 1 and 2: [Conversing]  Pam-pam-pam-pam pam-pa-pam. Pam-pam-pam-pa-pam. [Sings the tune]

Leslie: Come on everybody, we got to do this together.


Female Student 2: Can everybody do it? Everybody do this.

Female Student 1: Everybody together. Here we go, one, two, three.

Class: Pam-pam-pam-pam pam-pa-pam. Pam-pam-pam-pa-pam. [Sings the tune]

Leslie: Oh yeah! Good job, guys! Good job!

And tell them, if they want more resources like this, they come back to the website at blah-blah-blah.

Female Student 1: Oh, if you’d like more resources like this, go to

Leslie: Oh yeah!

Female Student 2: Oh, yeah!

Leslie: Goodbye!

About The Author

Leslie Samuel

Leslie Samuel is the creator of Interactive Biology. His mission is to use this site to Make Biology fun for people all over the world.

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