A multimodal pathway including the basal ganglia in the feline brain

G. Benedek, S. Keri, A. Nagy, G. Braunitzer, M. Norita

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The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of our present knowledge about the feline tecto-thalamo-basal ganglia cortical sensory pathway. We reviewed morphological and electrophysiological studies of the cortical areas, located in ventral bank of the anterior ectosylvian sulcus as well as the region of the insular cortex, the suprageniculate nucleus of the thalamus, caudate nucleus, and the substantia nigra. Microelectrode studies revealed common receptive field properties in all these structures. The receptive fields were extremely large and multisensory, with pronounced sensitivity to motion of visual stimuli. They often demonstrated directional and velocity selectivity. Preference for small visual stimuli was also a frequent finding. However, orientation sensitivity was absent. It became obvious that the structures of the investigated sensory loop exhibit a unique kind of information processing, not found anywhere else in the feline visual system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-113
Number of pages19
JournalPhysiology International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Anterior ectosylvian visual area
  • Basal ganglia
  • Caudate nucleus
  • Insular cortex
  • Substantia nigra
  • Suprageniculate nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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