Pathway-specific regulation of synapses in the thalamocortical system Academic Article uri icon


  • The functions of the thalamus and neocortex are inextricable. Neural infor-mation from sensory organs is relayed to first-order central nuclei (in the brainstem and spinal cord, or retina), then to the thalamus, then to a primary sensory area of the cortex, and on to other higher sensory areas. Intracortical axons synaptically interconnect cortical neurons. The cortex sends dense connections back to the thalamus. This arrangement allows a remarkable orchestration of simultaneous operations: new information continually …

publication date

  • January 1, 2000