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Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology

The Pulvinar Thalamic Nucleus of Non-Human Primates: Architectonic and Functional Subdivisions

Authors: Gattass, Ricardo, Soares, Juliana, Lima, Bruss

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  • Deals with all aspects of the different sets of retinotopic map representation in the pulvinar nucleus depending on functional and behavioral requirements of each species
  • Casts new light on the hypothesis that the primate pulvinar contains an original scaffold which is derived from cytoarchitectural markers and specific protein distribution
  • Explains how and why different techniques influence the way the pulvinar is subdivided
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This book discusses the hypothesis that the primate pulvinar contains an original scaffold which is derived from cytoarchitectural markers and specific protein distributions. Thereafter, along primate evolution, different selective pressures acted in order to shape and fine-tune the connectivity of the pulvinar with specific regions of the neocortex. This divergence created, among other things, the different sets of retinotopic map representations in the pulvinar nucleus depending on functional and behavioral requirements of each species.

The pulvinar, the largest nucleus of the primate thalamus, has extensive and reciprocal connections with several areas of the neocortex. These input-output loops suggest that the pulvinar may regulate the flow of information within and between cortical areas in a highly dynamic fashion. Therefore, understanding the anatomical subdivisions within the pulvinar, and its connectivity with the cortex, is paramount to understanding pulvinar physiological function. However,  there is a stark contrast regarding the way that the pulvinar is subdivided depending on the technique employed. Cytoarchitectural and immunohistochemical methods reveal a very similar pattern of pulvinar subdivision across Old- and New-World monkeys. On the other hand, electrophysiological and connectivity studies expose clear discrepancies in pulvinar organization across primate evolution.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Gattass, Ricardo (et al.)

  • Cytoarchitecture and Myeloarchitecture of the Pulvinar

    Pages 5-8

    Gattass, Ricardo (et al.)

  • Chemoarchitecture of the Pulvinar

    Pages 9-14

    Gattass, Ricardo (et al.)

  • Visual Map Representations in the Primate Pulvinar

    Pages 15-18

    Gattass, Ricardo (et al.)

  • Connectivity of the Pulvinar

    Pages 19-29

    Gattass, Ricardo (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Pulvinar Thalamic Nucleus of Non-Human Primates: Architectonic and Functional Subdivisions
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology
Series Volume
225
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70046-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70046-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-70045-8
Series ISSN
0301-5556
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 66
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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