Function of the midbrain

What is the function of the midbrain?

The midbrain, the smallest and most rostral component of the brain stem, plays an important role in the control of eye movements and coordination of visual and auditory reflexes.

It contains the nuclei for cranial nerves III and IV. Other important structures are the red nuclei and substantia nigra.

The periaqueduct area has an important but poorly understood influence on consciousness and pain perception 


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