Touching sounds: thalamocortical plasticity and the neural basis of multisensory integration.

@article{Naumer2009TouchingST,
  title={Touching sounds: thalamocortical plasticity and the neural basis of multisensory integration.},
  author={Marcus J. Naumer and Jasper J. F. van den  Bosch},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={102 1},
  pages={
          7-8
        }
}
To date, noninvasive neuroimaging research on multisensory perception has focused on cortical activations. In a series of elegant functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments, Beauchamp and Ro recently investigated altered cortical activations associated with acquired sound-touch synesthesia resulting from a thalamic lesion. Their findings highlight the important role of intact thalamocortical projections for preventing illusory crossmodal perception and for underlying reliable… Expand

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