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Nature. 1998 Jan 15;391(6664):245-50.

Constraints on cortical and thalamic projections: the no-strong-loops hypothesis.

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The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California 92037, USA.

Abstract

The many distinct cortical areas of the macaque monkey visual system can be arranged hierarchically, but not in a unique way. We suggest that the connections between these cortical areas never form strong, directed loops. For connections between the visual cortex and particular thalamic nuclei, we predict that certain types of connections will not be found. If strong, directed loops were to exist, we suggest that the cortex would go into uncontrolled oscillations.

PMID:
9440687
DOI:
10.1038/34584
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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