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Hindbrain: Brainstem, Medulla, Pons, Reticular Activating System and Cerebellum

Author: Laura Riness
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This lesson will identify, describe and explain the structures of the hindbrain.

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Terms to Know
Brainstem

Structures of the brain at the center or core of the brain, connected directly to the spinal cord; also referred to as the hindbrain (cerebellum, pons, medulla oblongata).

Cerebellum

The structure at the back of the brain, behind medulla and pons that helps to control movement and to regulate coordination and balance.

Medulla Oblongata

The area directly connected to the spinal cord; related to reflexive, involuntary body processes important to living.

Pons

The area just above the medulla and pons that transfers information between medulla and brain, as well as the rest of the brain structures.

Reticular Activating System (RAS)

A system that heightens other areas of the cerebral cortex and keeps a person awake and alert.

Reticular Formation (RF)

A network of neurons inside the medulla related to attention and alertness.