What is the Medulla? - Definition, Function & Location


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Where is the medulla located?

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1. Which of the following does the medulla NOT directly control in the ANS?

2. Which of the following cranial nerves does not play a direct role in the medulla's control over ANS reflex responses?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will evaluate your understanding of the medulla. You will be tested on the area of the body that is affected when there is damage to the right region of the medulla and the cranial nerves that play a role in the control of ANS reflex responses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the assessment tools to test yourself on:

  • Actions the medulla controls in the ANS
  • Cranial nerves that play a role in the control of ANS reflex responses
  • Relationship between the medulla and the major motor pathway of the body
  • Area affected by damage to the right side of the medulla
  • Location of the medulla

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related human anatomy and physiology lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the location of the medulla
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding functions that the medulla controls in the ANS

Additional Learning

To learn more about the medulla, go over the lesson titled What is the Medulla? - Definition, Function & Location. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Identify the nervous system the medulla helps control
  • Review the twelve cranial nerves and their respective functions
  • Learn the motor movement that the medulla is responsible for carrying out