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Function of the Medulla Oblongata
Two-way conduction pathway between the spinal cord and higher brain centers; cardiac, respiratory, and vasomotor control center
Function of the Pons
Two-way conduction pathway between areas of the brain and other regions of the body; influences respiration
Function of the Hypothalamus
Regulation of body temperature, water balance, sleep-cycle control, appetite and sexual arousal
Function of the Thalamus
Sensory relay station from various body areas to cerebral cortex; emotions and alerting or arousal mechanisms
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