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Mesencephalon

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Brainstem

The brainstem consists of the midbrain, medulla oblongata, and the pons.

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Mesencephalon:

The mesencephalon or midbrain is the portion of the brainstem that connects the hindbrain and the forebrain.

Function:

Functions of the mesencephalon include:

  • Controlling Responses to Sight
     
  • Eye Movement
     
  • Pupil Dilation
     
  • Body Movement
     
  • Hearing

Location:

The mesencephalon is the most rostral portion of the brainstem. It is located between the forebrain and the hindbrain.

Structures:

The mesencephalon consists of the tectum and tegmentum.

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