Cognitive and perceptual functions of the visual thalamus.

Citation:

Saalmann, Y. B., & Kastner, S. (2011). Cognitive and perceptual functions of the visual thalamus. Neuron , 71, 209-23.

Date Published:

2011 Jul 28

ISSN:

1097-4199

Abstract:

The thalamus is classically viewed as passively relaying information to the cortex. However, there is growing evidence that the thalamus actively regulates information transmission to the cortex and between cortical areas using a variety of mechanisms, including the modulation of response magnitude, firing mode, and synchrony of neurons according to behavioral demands. We discuss how the visual thalamus contributes to attention, awareness, and visually guided actions, to present a general role for the thalamus in perception and cognition.

DOI:

10.1016/j.neuron.2011.06.027

Alternate Journal:

Neuron
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