• Recognize and describe the external configuration of the midbrain
  • Understand the internal configuration of the midbrain and its connections


  • Upper part of the brainstem
  • Between the pons and the subthalamic area
  • Fills up the tentorial notch
  • Lies on the dorsum sella turcica
  • Laterally: separated from the parahippocampal gyrus by the transverse cerebral fissure
  • Connected to the cerebellum via the superior cerebellar peduncles
  • The aqueduct of midbrain divides the midbrain into two parts: