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What is the Function of the Thalamus?

S. Murray Sherman

in 23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195148220
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148220.003.0004

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 What is the Function of the Thalamus?

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This chapter focuses on the function of the thalamus. It suggests insights that indicate that the relay role of the thalamus is complex and dynamically changing in ways that influence the nature of information reaching the cortex. Based on a new interpretation of a variety of data, it suggests that the thalamus does not merely relay information up to the cortex but also serves a vital role in corticocortical communication.

Keywords: brain regions; information relay; cortex; corticocortical communication

Chapter.  7332 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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