Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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

Ventral Posterior Medial Nucleus

  • John E. MendozaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_812


Specific somatosensory relay nucleus of the thalamus. The major input into this nucleus is via the ventral and dorsal trigeminothalamic tracts and the mesencephalic tract of V, which carry information regarding proprioception, both fine and crude touch, vibratory sensations, pain, and temperature from the face and forehead. In turn, the major cortical projection area for this nucleus is to the facial area of 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