Development and Plasticity in Sensory Thalamus and Cortex

  • Reha Erzurumlu
  • William Guido
  • Zoltán Molnár

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Tomomi Shimogori, Elizabeth A. Grove
    Pages 42-53
  3. Zoltán Molnár, Guillermina López-Bendito, Daniel Blakey, Alexander Thompson, Shuji Higashi
    Pages 54-78
  4. Nobuhiko Yamamoto, Makoto Takemoto, Yuki Hattori, Kenji Hanamura
    Pages 79-91
  5. Patrizia Muzzi, Paola Camera, Ferdinando Di Cunto, Alessandro Vercelli
    Pages 92-107
  6. Debra F. McLaughlin, Sylvie Poluch, Beata Jablonska, Sharon L. Juliano
    Pages 108-119
  7. Sarah L. Pallas, Mei Xu, Khaleel A. Razak
    Pages 120-137
  8. Mark W. Barnett, Ruth F. Watson, Peter C. Kind
    Pages 138-157
  9. Reha S. Erzurumlu, Takuji Iwasato
    Pages 158-182
  10. Bryan M. Hooks, Chinfei Chen
    Pages 228-246
  11. Andrew D. Huberman, Barbara Chapman
    Pages 247-270
  12. Kevin J. Bender, Suvarna Deshmukh, Daniel E. Feldman
    Pages 271-287
  13. Aimee J. Nelson, Cheryl A. Cheney, Yin-Ching Iris Chen, Guangping Dai, Robert P. Marini, Graham C. Grindlay et al.
    Pages 288-316
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 317-322

About this book


Our brain evolved in a manner to enable itself to modify its structure depending on its environment. The thalamus is a large sensory relay station and it is closely integrated into the cortical circuits. Thalamic projections are responsible for dispatching most of the information to the cortex from the sensory periphery from early stages throughout life. The earliest inputs to the cortex are capable of constituting an extrinsic signal that plays a part in triggering other changes in the establishing cortical circuitry, leading to some aspects of specific regional differentiation and a real specializations. Unravelling the mechanism by which developing thalamic axons interact with the forming cortical circuitry in their target regions is important in understanding how cortical organization is determined. This book intends to bring together systems and molecular approaches on various fundamental issues on thalamocortical development and plasticity. Functional cortical circuits cannot be appreciated without thalamocortical circuits and cortical development cannot be considered without thalamocortical pathway development. The 16 chapters address key questions with diversity of techniques; ranging from molecular genetics, in vitro and in vivo methods to classical anatomical, electrophysiological and imaging procedures. The conceptual approaches formulated in these chapters should be a rich source for future research in this area.


Cortex Development Erzurumlu Guido Molnar Plasticity Sensory Thalamus forebrain neurons

Editors and affiliations

  • Reha Erzurumlu
    • 1
  • William Guido
    • 1
  • Zoltán Molnár
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cell Biology and AnatomyLSU Health Sciences CenterNew Orleans
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy and GeneticsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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