The function of the midbrain has long been an enigma. The new concept of the midbrain suggests a type of organization that would be fundamentally more similar to the spinal cord than to the brain. Dr. Bowen suggests that the midbrain is an outgrowth of the primitive spinal cord and, as such, presides over the automatic functions of the whole body. The cerebrum surrounding it, a later evolutionary development, allows the potential for conscious control over automatic functioning.
1986. 52 min.