Functional localization of the auditory thalamus in individual human subjects

Fang Jiang, G. Christopher Stecker, Ione Fine

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Here we describe an easily implemented protocol based on sparse MR acquisition and a scrambled 'music' auditory stimulus that allows for reliable measurement of functional activity within the medial geniculate body (MGB, the primary auditory thalamic nucleus) in individual subjects. We find that our method is equally accurate and reliable as previously developed structural methods, and offers significantly more accuracy in identifying the MGB than group based methods. We also find that lateralization and binaural summation within the MGB resemble those found in the auditory cortex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Auditory cortex
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medial geniculate body

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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