The newsletter of the Memory Disorders Project at Rutgers University


The brainstem is the "stem-like" region at the base of the brain that merges into the spinal cord.

brain stem

It contains the midbrain, pons and medulla, which in turn contain groups of neurons that are important for a variety of functions including arousal, sleep, respiration, reflex movements, pain regulation, and some sensory and motor functions.

by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain - Artwork copyright © 2000 Ann L. Myers