Anterior nuclei of thalamus

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Brain: Anterior nuclei of thalamus
Thalamic nuclei
Latin Nuclei anteriores thalami
Part of Thalamus
NeuroNames hier-285
MeSH Anterior+Thalamic+Nuclei
NeuroLex ID birnlex_1692
FMA FMA:62019

The anterior nuclei of thalamus (or anterior nuclear group) are a collection of nuclei at the rostral end of the dorsal thalamus.

Inputs and outputs[edit]

They receive afferents from the mammillary bodies via the mammillothalamic tract and from the subiculum via the fornix. In turn, they project to the cingulate gyrus.


These nuclei are thought to play a role in the modulation of alertness and are involved in learning and episodic memory.[1] They are considered to be part of the limbic system.

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  1. ^ Child, ND; Benarroch, EE (19 November 2013). "Anterior nucleus of the thalamus: functional organization and clinical implications". Neurology 81 (21): 1869–1976. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000436078.95856.56. ISSN 1526-632X. 

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