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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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Linking the Body and the World to the Thalamus

Linking the Body and the World to the Thalamus

(p.179) 7 Linking the Body and the World to the Thalamus
Functional Connections of Cortical Areas

S. Murray Sherman

R. W. Guillery

The MIT Press

This chapter and the next explore the pathways that link the thalamus and cortex to each other and to the rest of the brain, considering each in terms of the major points about the neural connections raised in earlier chapters. These connections provide the essential links between cortex, lower centers, action, and perception. Understanding the messages and knowing the functional nature of the relays is basic to understanding how the organism relates to the world. It is important to recognize that, although we raise the issue in a few instances only, this possible duality is relevant for all of the pathways that carry messages to the thalamus for relay to cortex.

Keywords:   thalamus, cortex, neural connections, duality, lower centers, action, perception

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