A network of nerve pathways and nuclei throughout the brainstem,
connecting motor nerves and sensory
nerve to and from the spinal cord,
the cerebellum, and the cerebrum.
It is estimated that a single neuron in this
network may have synapses with as many as
25,000 other neurons.
|General location of the reticular formation and its
projections to the cerebral cortex. Shown as a single red bar in this
figure, the reticular formation consists of numerous brainstem nuclei.