Reticular Formation

Reticular Formation:
Extends vertically through the core of medulla oblongata, pons and midbrain – consists of loosely clustered/organised neurons.
Responsible for maintaining the alert state of the cerebral cortex and has motor nuclei for somatic and visceral motor activities.
Also involved in habituation – a method by which the brain can ignore repetitive and inconsequential stimuli and remain sensitive to others (eg background noise)

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