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The thalamus is a part of the brain.

The two thalami are located in the center of the brain, one beneath each cerebral hemisphere and next to the third ventricle.

Functionally the thalami can be thought of as relay stations for nerve impulses carrying sensory information into the brain; the thalami receive these sensory inputs as well as inputs from other parts of the brain and determine which of these signals to forward to the cerebral cortex.

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