Auditory thalamocortical transformation: structure and function

Trends Neurosci. 2005 May;28(5):255-63. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2005.03.009.


Communicative, predatory, and reproductive behaviors rely on the auditory thalamocortical system, a key nexus that combines, transforms, and distributes virtually all acoustic information relevant to survival. The rules of connectivity for this complex network, both anatomically and functionally, are only beginning to be uncovered. Although the auditory thalamocortical system shares many features with other modalities, its connectivity and information processing principles differ from those of other modalities in many ways. Some physiological and anatomical bases for these differences are the subject of this review.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Auditory Pathways / anatomy & histology*
  • Auditory Pathways / physiology*
  • Cerebral Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Thalamus / anatomy & histology*
  • Thalamus / physiology*