The Facial Nerve (Cranial Nerve VII)
The seventh cranial nerve comes from the pons of the brainstem. The facial nerve is responsible for facial expression and conveyance of taste sensation for the front two thirds of the tongue. This is both a motor and sensory nerve. Facial nerve testing can be done by showing your teeth, puffing your cheeks, wrinkling your brow, frowning, and closing your eyes tightly. Essentially, this nerve controls all the funny faces you can make!
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