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Cranial nerve

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Major Structures of the Brain Structure Description Major Functions Brainstem Stemlike portion of the brain, continuous with diencephalon above and spinal cord below. Composed of midbrain, pons, medulla oblangata. Relays messages between spinal cord and brain, from brainstem cranial nerves to cerebrum. Helps control heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure. Involved with hearing, taste, other senses. Cerebellum Second largest part of the brain. Located behind pons, in posterior section of cranial cavity. Composed of cerebral cortex, two lateral lobes, central flocculonodular lobes, medial vermis, some deep nuclei. Process center involved with coordination of muscular movements, balance, precision, timing, body positions.
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