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J Neurophysiol. 2009 Jul;102(1):7-8. doi: 10.1152/jn.00209.2009. Epub 2009 Apr 29.

Touching sounds: thalamocortical plasticity and the neural basis of multisensory integration.

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Institute of Medical Psychology, Frankfurt Medical School, Goethe-University, Heinrich-Hoffmann-Strasse 10, D-60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. M.J.Naumer@med.uni-frankfurt.de

Abstract

To date, noninvasive neuroimaging research on multisensory perception has focused on cortical activations. In a series of elegant functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments, Beauchamp and Ro recently investigated altered cortical activations associated with acquired sound-touch synesthesia resulting from a thalamic lesion. Their findings highlight the important role of intact thalamocortical projections for preventing illusory crossmodal perception and for underlying reliable multisensory integration.

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19403745
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10.1152/jn.00209.2009
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