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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 Inputs to the Cortex from the Thalamus and the Cortical Descending Outputs

The Inputs to the Cortex from the Thalamus and the Cortical Descending Outputs

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(p.195) 8 The Inputs to the Cortex from the Thalamus and the Cortical Descending Outputs
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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/9780262019309.003.0008

The aim of the previous chapter and this one is to identify areas of ignorance as much as to demonstrate new facts or relationships. It may be no surprise that the former dominate the latter. The chapter considers that an overall view of these connectivity patterns must form a basis for understanding cortical functions. The long-term aim is to understand how thalamus and cortex, or how any one thalamic nucleus and the cortical areas it innervates, relate to cognition and behavior, not only in terms of their neural connections but also in terms of the nature of the messages that are passing along these connections.

Keywords:   connectivity patterns, cortical functions, thalamus, cortex, cognition, behavior

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