The posteromedial thalamus (POm) has extensive recurrent connectivity with the whisker-related primary somatosensory cortex (wS1) of rodents. However, its functional contribution to somatosensory processing in wS1 remains unclear. This article reviews several recent findings, which begin to elucidate the role of POm in sensory-evoked plasticity and discusses their implications for somatosensory processing.
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electrophysiology, plasticity, sensory processing, thalamus