Thesis / Dissertation

The role of the higher order thalamus during goal-directed behavior and sensory processing

Danilo LaTerra, Lucy Palmer (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

The integration and interpretation of sensorial information is a fundamental requirement for cognition. The thalamus is the sensory gate to the cortex. With its widespread cortical and subcortical connectivity, the thalamus has the network capabilities to function as an integrator of sensory relevant information necessary to drive behavior. Higher order regions of the thalamus send extensive projections to the cortex which exert a powerful influence on cortical encoding of sensory information. However, despite both anatomical and functional evidence, this aspect of thalamic functions has remained largely overlooked likely due to the complexity of investigating thalamocortical circuits in beh..

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