Top-down control of cortical state

Neuron. 2013 Aug 7;79(3):408-10. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.07.034.


Sensory cortices receive inputs not only from thalamus but also from higher-order cortical regions. Here, Zagha et al. (2013) show that motor cortical inputs can switch barrel cortex into a desynchronized state that enables more faithful representation of subtle sensory stimuli.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Feedback, Physiological / physiology*
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Sensation / physiology*