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Functional Connections of Cortical AreasA New View from the Thalamus$
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S. Murray Sherman and Rainer W. Guillery

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019309

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019309.001.0001

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The Basic Organization of Cortex and Thalamus

The Basic Organization of Cortex and Thalamus

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(p.49) 3 The Basic Organization of Cortex and Thalamus
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Functional Connections of Cortical Areas
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S. Murray Sherman

R. W. Guillery

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019309.003.0003

This chapter aims to describe the structure and organization of cortex and thalamus. Thalamus and cortex are two closely interconnected structures and are a characteristic development of the mammalian brain. They form the focus of this book. The cortex is widely regarded as having six layers. In spite of local differences, the complex multilaminar structure distinguishes the neocortex from the phylogenetically older paleocortex and archicortex, which have a simpler organization with fewer distinguishable layers. Several different cell types are distinguishable in the cortex and this chapter explains these cell types.

Keywords:   cortext, thalamus, mammalian brain, neocortex, paleocortex, cell types

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