Schizophrenia: When the thalamus misleads the ear

# Schizophrenia: When the thalamus misleads the ear

Quote: “The scientists made a further observation: in the patients suffering from auditory hallucinations, they noticed a hyper-connectivity between the thalamic nuclei and cortical areas devoted to the primary processing of hearing and Wernicke’s area, which is highly significant for understanding language. This type of thalamo-cortical hyper-connection is normal during childhood, when the neural networks are being formed. The fact that it persists during adolescence and then into adulthood is the sign that the connections have never reached maturity.”

“Abnormal development and dysconnectivity of distinct thalamic nuclei in patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome experiencing auditory hallucinations”. by Valentina Mancini, Daniela Zöller, Maude Schneider, Marie Schaer, Stephan Eliez.
Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2020.04.015