The thalamus is involved in sensory perception and regulation of motor functions (i.e., movement). It connects areas of the cerebral cortex that are involved in sensory perception and movement with other parts of the brain and spinal cord that also have a role in sensation and movement.

Source: NIDA (NIH)1

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Thalamus: Paired bodies containing mostly Gray Matter and forming part of the lateral wall of the Third Ventricle of the brain.2


Types may include:3

Types of Thalamus:

  • Ventral Thalamus

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  1. Source: NIDA (NIH): teachers/ mind-over-matter/ teachers-guide
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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