Akihisa Kimura Diverse subthreshold cross-modal sensory interactions in the thalamic reticular nucleus: implications for new pathways of cross-modal attentional gating function European Journal of Neuroscience 39
Interactions between visual and auditory inputs were examined in thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) cells of anesthetised rats using juxta-cellular recording and labeling techniques. Visual or auditory responses were modulated by noise burst or light stimuli in the majority of cells. Few bimodal cells were found. Modulated cells sent axonal projections to first- or higher-order thalamic nuclei. The results suggest that the TRN constitutes neural pathways of cross-modal attentional gating function.
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