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What is the function of the claustrum?

Crick, Francis and Koch, Christof (2005) What is the function of the claustrum? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 360 (1458). pp. 1271-1279. ISSN 0962-8436. PMCID PMC1569501. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130816-103138504

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Abstract

The claustrum is a thin, irregular, sheet-like neuronal structure hidden beneath the inner surface of the neocortex in the general region of the insula. Its function is enigmatic. Its anatomy is quite remarkable in that it receives input from almost all regions of cortex and projects back to almost all regions of cortex. We here briefly summarize what is known about the claustrum, speculate on its possible relationship to the processes that give rise to integrated conscious percepts, propose mechanisms that enable information to travel widely within the claustrum and discuss experiments to address these questions.


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Additional Information:Received January 18, 2005. Accepted March 29, 2005. Published 29 June 2005. © 2005 The Royal Society. The first draft of this manuscript was completed on 19 July 2004 by F.C. He was refining the manuscript on 28 July, the day he died in hospital. I (C.K.) wish to thank the many people who helped Francis and myself in various ways with the manuscripts and the ideas it contains: Ann Butler, Ed Callaway, Antonio Damasio, Emiko Koike, Nikos Logothetis, Kathleen Murray, Tomaso Poggio, Ralph Siegel and Terry Sejnowski.
Group:Koch Laboratory, KLAB
Subject Keywords:neuroanatomy ; connectivity ; primate ; electrophysiology ; gap junctions ; cortex
PubMed Central ID:PMC1569501
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Official Citation: Francis C Crick and Christof Koch What is the function of the claustrum? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B June 29, 2005 360 1458 1271-1279; doi:10.1098/rstb.2005.1661 1471-2970
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