Thalamic Reticular System and Cortical Arousal

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Science  24 Nov 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3491, pp. 1691-1692
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3491.1691


By electrocoagulation of the thalamic posterior commissure, the electroencephalographic arousal by high frequency stimulation of the thalamic unspecific nuclei was prevented, whereas the synchronizing influence on the cerebral cortex remained intact. On this ground, the role of the "thalamic reticular system" in the control of the cerebral rhythms is discussed.