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Tim Ruhl and Ursula Dicke The role of the dorsal thalamus in visual processing and object selection: a case of an attentional system in amphibians European Journal of Neuroscience 36

Article first published online: 31 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08271.x

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Lesions of the dorsal thalamus affected both the visuomotor behavior toward salient prey-like stimuli and the responses of visual neurons to these stimuli in the midbrain tectum of a salamander. The visual ascending pathways in amphibians essentially contribute to visual spatial attention as in mammals. Our findings support the view that cognitive abilities develop gradually along evolutionary lines.

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