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A brainstem is a small, hidden piece of brain that does not get as much love as it should. Even with the recent explosion in brain research, other parts of the brain get more attention and therefore are better understood. But the fact is, neither the rest of the brain nor any part of the body could continue to function without the brainstem working at peak condition.

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1. Where is the Brainstem?

The brainstem is at the base of the brain, slightly in front of the cerebrum. You can think of it as the place where the spinal cord plugs into the brain, in the center of the brain between the two hemispheres. It provides a connecting bridge between the cerebrum, the lobe at the lower back of the brain, and the cerebellum, the larger upper lobe in each hemisphere.

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