Here is the latest research on barrel cortex, a region of somatosensory and motor corticies in the brain, which are used by animals that rely on whiskers for world exploration.
Response of neurons in primary somatosensory cortex of cat following prolonged exposure to strong sinusoidal mechanical stimuli(opens in new tab)
M C Homonoff, J H Martin
Disynaptic IPSPs of lemniscal origin in relay-cells of thalamic ventrobasal nuclear complex of the cat(opens in new tab)
F Baldissera, M Margnelli
Regional variations of somatosensory input convergence in nucleus VPL of cat thalamus(opens in new tab)
F A Harris