Ventral posterior nucleus

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Brain: Ventral posterior nucleus
Thalamic nuclei
Latin Nucleus ventralis posterior thalami
Part of Thalamus
NeuroNames hier-326
NeuroLex ID birnlex_1116

The ventral posterior nucleus is the somato-sensory relay nucleus in thalamus of the brain.

Input and output[edit]

The ventral posterior nucleus receives neuronal input from the medial lemniscus, spinal lemniscus, spinothalamic tracts, and trigeminothalamic tract. It projects to the somatosensory cortex and the ascending reticuloactivation system.


The ventral posterior nucleus is divided into:[citation needed]


Functions in touch, body position, pain, temperature, itch, taste, and arousal.

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