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Cerebellar information flow in the thalamus: implications for cortical functions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 January 2007

Marco Molinari
Affiliation:
I.R.C.C.S. Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy
Domenico Restuccia
Affiliation:
Dept of Psychology University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy I.R.C.C.S.E. Medea-La Nostra Famiglia, Udine, Italy Dept of Neurosciences, Catholic University, Rome, Italy
Maria G. Leggio
Affiliation:
I.R.C.C.S. Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy Dept of Psychology University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy

Abstract

Cerebro–cerebellar interactions are becoming progressively more focused in their anatomical substrate but their functional meaning is still elusive. Here, we review current data on the cerebellar influence on cortical function, with special emphasis on the importance of the cerebellar input for cortical processing in primary motor and sensorimotor areas. Differences in the intracortical processing of cerebellar information are described and the possible role of the thalamus in controlling cerebro–cerebellar loops discussed.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© 2007 Cambridge University Press

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