Dynamic shifting in thalamocortical processing during different behavioural states.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Recent experiments in our laboratory have indicated that as rats shift the behavioural strategy employed to explore their surrounding environment, there is a parallel change in the physiological properties of the neuronal ensembles that define the main thalamocortical loop of the trigeminal somatosensory system. Based on experimental evidence from several laboratories, we propose that this concurrent shift in behavioural strategy and thalamocortical physiological properties provides rats with an efficient way to optimize either the detection or analysis of complex tactile stimuli.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nicolelis, MAL; Fanselow, EE

Published Date

  • December 29, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 357 / 1428

Start / End Page

  • 1753 - 1758

PubMed ID

  • 12626009

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1693080

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0962-8436

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1098/rstb.2002.1175


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England