Full Brain Stem Description
[Continued from above] . . . are sent to the rest of the body from the brain must move through the brain stem. The motor and sensory systems that work along these nerves connections include the corticospinal tract (which includes motor skills), the posterior column-medial lemniscus pathway (this includes proprioception, vibration sensation and fine touch), and the spinothalamic tract (this is crude touch, pain, itch, and temperature).
The functions that the brain stem is responsible for include breathing, sleep patterns, hunger and thirst, blood pressure, heart rhythms, and body temperature. In addition, it helps to regulate the central nervous system. The cranial nerves that are located at the brain stem send the main motor and sensory feeling to the face and neck.