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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   

  1. (Lab of Brain and Behavior, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
  • Received:2014-03-13 Online:2015-02-14 Published:2015-02-14
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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.

Key words: pulvinar, colliculo-pulvinar-cortical pathway, pulvinar-cortical pathway, emotion processing