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The thalamus is a key structure in the mammalian brain, providing a hub for communication within and across distributed forebrain networks. Research in this area has undergone a revolution in the last decade, with findings that suggest an expanded role for the thalamus in sensory processing, motor control, arousal regulation, and cognition. Moving beyond previous studies of anatomy and cell neurochemistry, scientists have expanded into investigations of cognitive function, and harness new methods and theories of neural computation. This book provides a survey of topics at the cutting edge of this field, covering basic anatomy, evolution, development, physiology and computation. It is also the first book to combine these disciplines in one place, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of thalamus research, and will be an essential resource for students and experts in biology, medicine and computer science.


'Michael Halassa has done a superb job selecting the contributors for the chapters of The Thalamus, who range from the long-standing authorities in the field to some new and fresh voices. It will be of real value to neuroscience students and researchers in the field.'

Robert Desimone - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

'The thalamus is one of the most remarkable structures in the brain, central for such fundamental functions as relaying of sensations, sleep, attention, cognitive flexibility, and consciousness. What is the thalamus and what does it do? By comprehensively assembling insights of experts at the frontier of thalamic research, this volume brings new light to the brain's inner room.'

Doris Tsao - University of California at Berkeley, USA

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