JournalNeural Excitability, Synapses, and GliaSensory Systems

Primate Thalamus: More Than Meets an Eye

Anatomical organization of the primate lateral geniculate nucleus. (A,B) Schematic diagrams showing the distinct magnocellular, parvocellular and koniocellular layers and LGN anatomical organization of the rhesus monkey and marmoset. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

A recent study shows conclusively that the koniocellular layers of the marmoset dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus have binocularly responsive neurons. This adds a new twist to the traditional view about binocular processing in the primate visual system and raises questions about the role of dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus in early binocular processing.


Wallace, D.J., Fitzpatrick, D., and Kerr, J.N.D. (2016). Primate Thalamus: More Than Meets an Eye. Curr. Biol. 26, R60–R61.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2015.11.025