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What does the upper brain stem control

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What does the upper brain stem control
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Salar replied 8 years ago.
ongoing postural control, widespread effects on body position also controls movements of the arms
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
The above answer is incorrect.

The upper brainstem, or the midbrain portion of the brainstem has the nuclei of the upper cranial nerves, ones which are responsible for movement of eyes.

In addition, they also have the colliculi, which are involved in visual and auditory processing.

Also there are small portions of this area that are responsible for consciousness and movement. This area is critical in brain functioning that injury to this area would most likely cause either coma or death.