Cranial nerves (mnemonic)

Dr Dan J Bell and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

There are many cranial nerve mnemonics that can be memorable and rude/lewd. Either way, they can be helpful for remembering the names of the twelve cranial nerves, as well as remembering which nerves are sensory, motor, or both.

Remembering cranial nerve names in order of CN I to CN XII:

  • On old Olympus' towering top a Finn and German viewed some hops 2
  • Ooh, ooh, ooh to touch and feel very good velvet. Such heaven!
  • Oh, oh, oh, to touch and feel a girl's vagina. Ah, heaven. (First sentence in chapter 11 of Erich Segal's novel, Doctors 3)

Remembering functional information:

S: sensory; m: motor; b: both

  • Some say marry money but my brother says big brains matter more
    • There are slight variations on this one having 'money matters' or 'big boobs' instead
  • Some say my mother bought my brother some bad beer, my, my

Mnemonics

On old Olympus' towering top a Finn and German viewed some hops

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, to touch and feel very good velvet. Such heaven!
Some say marry money but my brother says big brains matter more
  • S: sensory (olfactory nerve - CN I)
  • S: sensory (optic nerve - CN II)
  • M: motor (oculomotor nerve - CN III)
  • M: motor (trochlear nerve - CN IV)
  • B: both (trigeminal nerve - CN V)
  • M: motor (abducens nerve - CN VI)
  • B: both (facial nerve - CN VII)
  • S: sensory (vestibulocochlear nerve - CN VIII)
  • B: both (glossopharyngeal nerve CN IX)
  • B: both (vagus nerve - CN X)
  • M: motor (spinal accessory nerve - CN XI)
  • M: motor (hypoglossal nerve - CN XII)

If you write out the mnemonic for remembering the names next to the mnemonic for their function then they will align giving you an easier way to remember both the cranial nerve names and their function. 

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rID: 7001
Sections: Mnemonics, Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • On old Olympus' towering top a Fin and German viewed some hops
  • Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, to touch and feel very good velvet. Such heaven!
  • Some say marry money but my brother says big brains matter more

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