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Trends Neurosci. 2005 May;28(5):255-63.

Auditory thalamocortical transformation: structure and function.

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Division of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3200, USA. jawiner@socrates.berkeley.edu

Abstract

Communicative, predatory, and reproductive behaviors rely on the auditory thalamocortical system, a key nexus that combines, transforms, and distributes virtually all acoustic information relevant to survival. The rules of connectivity for this complex network, both anatomically and functionally, are only beginning to be uncovered. Although the auditory thalamocortical system shares many features with other modalities, its connectivity and information processing principles differ from those of other modalities in many ways. Some physiological and anatomical bases for these differences are the subject of this review.

PMID:
15866200
DOI:
10.1016/j.tins.2005.03.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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