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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Fang, Pei-chun Yoko
Author's Email Address pei-chun.y.fang@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-02282005-132946
Title Motor systems of frontal lobe in prosimian galagos: areas, nuclei, and connections
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. Jon H. Kaas Committee Chair
Dr. Ford F. Ebner Committee Member
Dr. Jo-Anne Bachorowski Committee Member
Dr. Kenneth C. Catania Committee Member
Dr. Vivien A. Casagrande Committee Member
  • Primates
  • Premotor cortex
  • Motor thalamus
  • Subdivisions
  • Projection
Date of Defense 2005-02-04
Availability unrestricted
My dissertation includes the results of three main projects that examined the organization of premotor systems in prosimian galagos, including the determination of subdivisions of the motor thalamus, the connections of the motor thalamus, and the ipsilateral corticocortical connections of premotor cortex. The results revealed the architectonic subdivisions of the motor thalamus, the thalamocortical connections of the motor thalamus with the motor cortex, the architectonic subdivisions of motor cortex, the functional organization of motor areas, and corticocortical connections of motor cortex in galagos. The results indicate that the motor system of galagos is organized in a similar ways as those in the well-studied simian primates (macaque monkeys and owl monkeys). Therefore, prosimian galagos share with the simian primates a general plan of organization of motor cortex.

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