Special Issue "Role of the Pulvinar in Visual Processing"

A special issue of Vision (ISSN 2411-5150).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Casanova

Universite de Montreal, Visual Neuroscience Laboratory, Montreal, Canada
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is more and more evidence that the main visual extrageniculate thalamus nucleus, the pulvinar, plays a multifaceted role in vision and that disrupted functional circuits between pulvinar and cortex contribute to the pathophysiological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders. In this Special Issue on “Role of the Pulvinar in Visual Processing”, we will cover major advances in pulvinar research over the past five years, with a mixture of original and review articles. The subjects may include the following:

  • Evolution of the pulvinar
  • Anatomical and functional organization of the pulvinar
  • The transthalamic cortical pathways
  • The drivers/modulators concept: is pulvinar driving or modulating the visual cortex?
  • Visual properties of pulvinar neurons
  • Visual maps in the pulvinar
  • Pulvinar and visual attention
  • Functional relationships between pulvinar and cortical areas
  • Top-down and bottom-up processes involving pulvinar
  • Pulvinar and emotions: subcortical fear pathways
  • Residual vision: involvement of pulvinar
  • What thalamic lesions can tell us about the human pulvinar?
  • Schizophrenia: the pulvinar hypothesis
  • Pulvinar and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders
  • Imaging the pulvinar in humans and animal models
  • Modeling cortico-pulvinar neuronal interactions

If you are considering a review article, please send us a brief proposal before a full submission.

Dr. Christian Casanova
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Vision is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Visual Perception
  • Cortico-thalamic pathways
  • Extrageniculate thalamus
  • Cortical processing
  • Blindsight
  • Attention

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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