Convergent Projection of Three Separate Thalamic Nuclei on to a Single Cortical Area

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Science  19 Jan 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4070, pp. 283-285
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4070.283


Three distinct sensory-motor nuclei in the thalamus project to parietal cortex in the Virginia opossum; the ventral posterior nucleus receives inputs from somatic sensory structures and projects to layers IV and III, the ventral anterolateral nucleus receives inputs from motor structures and projects to layers IV and III and inner I, and the central intralaminar nucleus receives inputs from sensory, motor, and other structures and projects to layers VI through outer I. The physiologically defined amalgamation of somatic sensory and motor cortex is correlated, therefore, with the extent of cortex that receives convergent somatic sensory and motor input from the thalamus.