The Brain Stem
The brain stem connects the spinal cord with the spinal cord. It is also
the part of the brain where the vital functions occur. The lowest part of the brain is
located in the brain stem, the meddula oblangata. Directly above the meddula oblangata are
the pons. The pons is the band of nerves that connect the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and
the meddula oblangata. The meddula oblangata is in the middle of the brain and controls
breathing. Above the pons is the mid brain.