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Anatomy of the Brain
Cranial Nerves


  • Directs Sense Impulses Throughout the Body
  • Chewing
  • Equilibrium
  • Eye Movement, Vision
  • Facial Sensation
  • Hearing, Phonation
  • Respiration
  • Salivation, Swallowing
  • Smell
  • Taste


  • The olfactory, optic, oculomotor and trochlear cranial nerves are located in the anterior portion of the brain. The trigeminal, abducens, and facial nerves arise in the pons. The vestibulocochlear nerve arises in the inner ear and goes to the pons. The glossopharyngeal, vagus, accessory and hypoglossal nerves are attached to the medulla oblongata.


  • Fascinating images of the cranial nerves.

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