The pons is a portion of the hindbrain that connects the cerebellum with the medulla. It serves as a communications and coordinations center between the two hemispheres of the brain. The pons helps in transferring messages between various parts of the brain and spinal cord. The pons also serves as a pathway for nerve fibers connecting the cerebral cortex with the cerebellum. It is above the medulla, below the midbrain, and in front of the cerebellum.

The pons contains nuclei that relay signals from the forebrain to the cerebellum, along with nuclei that deal primarily with sleep, breathing, swallowing, taste, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, facial sensation and movement, eye movement, and posture.

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