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Question:

Which of the following structures is essential in the controlling of the autonomic functions of the peripheral nervous system?

A hypothalamus
Explaination

The hypothalamus is the control center of many autonomic processes related to maintaining homeostasis in the body. These processes are involuntary and are necessary to the viability of a human as the hypothalamus helps to control such automatic functions such as: temperature, hunger, and thirst.[Human Body Science]