|Hind- and mid-brains; postero-lateral view. (Pulvinar visible near top.)|
|Thalamic nuclei: |
MNG = Midline nuclear group
AN = Anterior nuclear group
MD = Medial dorsal nucleus
VNG = Ventral nuclear group
VA = Ventral anterior nucleus
VL = Ventral lateral nucleus
VPL = Ventral posterolateral nucleus
VPM = Ventral posteromedial nucleus
LNG = Lateral nuclear group
PUL = Pulvinar
MTh = Metathalamus
LG = Lateral geniculate nucleus
MG = Medial geniculate nucleus
The pulvinar is the caudal-most nucleus of the thalamus. The pulvinar is usually grouped as one of the lateral thalamic nuclei.
It is conventionally divided into oral, inferior, lateral, and medial subnuclei.
- The lateral and inferior pulvinar have widespread connections with visual cortical association areas.
- The oral pulvinar predominantly has connections with somatosensory cortical association areas.
- The medial pulvinar has widespread connections with cingulate, posterior parietal, and prefrontal cortical areas.