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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (2) : 234-240     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00234
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Pulvinar Involves in Multiple Pathways of Emotion Processing
CHEN Shanshan; CAI Houde
(Lab of Brain and Behavior, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
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Abstract  

The pulvinar complex plays an important role in emotion processing by involving in multiple pathways. First, pulvinar involves in superior colliculus-pulvinar-amygdala pathway, which can process the emotional stimuli rapidly without the involvement of visual cortex. Second, pulvinar involves in pulvinar- cortical pathway in two different forms—cortico-pulvino-cortico circuits and colliculo-pulvinar-cortical pathway. This neural mechanism can increase the efficacy of information exchange by controlling the degree of synchrony between cortical regions, and can amplify signals in a manner that enhances their behavioral impact by coordinating the signals between cortical and subcortical regions.

Keywords pulvinar      colliculo-pulvinar-cortical pathway      pulvinar-cortical pathway      emotion processing     
Corresponding Authors: CAI Houde, E-mail: caihoude@163.com   
Issue Date: 14 February 2015
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CHEN Shanshan,CAI Houde. Pulvinar Involves in Multiple Pathways of Emotion Processing[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(2): 234-240.
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