The brainstem is the part of the brain that connects the brain and the spinal cord. It controls many basic functions, such as heart rate, breathing, eating, and sleeping. The brainstem accomplishes this by directing the spinal cord, other parts of the brain, and the body to do what is necessary to maintain these basic functions.

Source: NIDA (NIH)1

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Brain Stem: The part of the brain that connects the Cerebral Hemispheres with the Spinal Cord. It consists of the Mesencephalon; Pons; and Medulla Oblongata.2

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  1. Source: NIDA (NIH): teachers/ mind-over-matter/ teachers-guide
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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