Thalamus Training Model

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Model Number: NH-95331

Brand: Niche Healthcare


It shows various functional areas of the thalamus in distinct colours, thus providing a clear distinction between the different nuclei of each structure.

SKU: NH-95331 - VS8585792005 Category: Tag:


Categories         Anatomical Model

Subject               Medical Science

Material              Eco-friendly PVC

Application       School/Hospital/Laboratory


The thalamus is a crucial structure located in the brain. Here are some key details about the thalamus:

  • Location: The thalamus is situated near the centre of the brain, just above the brainstem and between the cerebral cortex and the midbrain. It is part of the diencephalon.
  • Structure: The thalamus is composed of two symmetrical halves, each about the size of a walnut, which sit on either side of the third ventricle.
  • Function: The thalamus acts as a relay station for sensory and motor signals. Almost all sensory information (except for smell) that reaches the cerebral cortex first stops at the thalamus. This includes information related to vision, hearing, touch, and taste. The thalamus processes and transmits this information to the appropriate areas of the cortex for further processing.
  • Role in Motor Function: Besides sensory functions, the thalamus is involved in motor control. It works with the basal ganglia and the cerebellum to coordinate movement and motor responses.
  • Role in Consciousness and Sleep: The thalamus plays a vital role in regulating consciousness, alertness, and sleep. It helps modulate the activity of the cortex and is involved in the sleep-wake cycle.
  • Subdivisions: The thalamus is divided into several nuclei, each responsible for different functions. These nuclei include the lateral geniculate nucleus (visual processing), the medial geniculate nucleus (auditory processing), and the ventral posterior nucleus (somatosensory processing), among others.

Overall, the thalamus is essential for processing and transmitting sensory information, coordinating motor functions, and maintaining consciousness and alertness.


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