Functional micro-organization of the macaque postcentral somatosensory cortex representing orofacial structures

Takashi Toda, Haruhide Hayashi

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Abstract

The somatotopical representation of orofacial structures is well established in the postcentral somatosensory cortex of primates (SI). The inspection of functional micro-organization in SI should lead to understanding of the neural basis that underlies dexterous orofacial functions. There, nearby neurons within a local region sometimes coded anatomically-discrete but functionally-related portions, such as the tongue tip and labial mucosa. Also, nearby pairs of neurons responded to a natural stimulus with varying degrees of temporal correlation. It is likely that a local region of SI is organized in a less redundant manner than previously thought.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterface Oral Health Science 2011
PublisherSpringer Japan
Pages95-96
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9784431540700
ISBN (Print)9784431540694
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Columnar organization
  • Neuron
  • Receptive field
  • Somatosensory cortex
  • Temporal correlation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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