Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Ventral Posterior Lateral Nucleus

  • John E. MendozaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_811


Specific somatosensory relay nucleus of the thalamus. The major input into this nucleus is via the medial lemniscus and spinal thalamic tracts, which carry information regarding proprioception, both fine and crude touch, vibratory sensations, pain, and temperature from the arms, legs, trunk, and scalp. In turn, the major cortical projection area for this nucleus is to the primary somatosensory cortex (Brodmann’s areas 3, 1, 2).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and NeuroscienceTulane Medical School and SE Louisiana Veterans Healthcare SystemNew OrleansUSA