The pons is a portion of the hindbrain that connects the cerebral cortex with the bedulla oblongata. It also serves as a communicatsions and coordination center between the two hemispheres of the brain. The pons also helps in the transferring of messages between different parts of the brain and spinal cord. The pons is involved in funtions of the brain including arousal, conrolling autonomic functions, relaying sensory information between the cerebrum and the cerebellum, and sleep. external image brainstem.gifexternal image pons2.jpg