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The Basal Ganglia

Novel Perspectives on Motor and Cognitive Functions

  • Jean-Jacques Soghomonian

Part of the Innovations in Cognitive Neuroscience book series (Innovations Cogn.Neuroscience)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Jean-Jacques Soghomonian, Vinoth Jagaroo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Functional and Anatomical Organization of Basal Ganglia: Limbic and Motor Circuits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Henk J. Groenewegen, Pieter Voorn, Jørgen Scheel-Krüger
      Pages 11-45
    3. Yoland Smith, Rosa Villalba, Adriana Galvan
      Pages 69-85
  4. Motor Function, Dystonia and Dyskinesia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Christopher H. Chen, Diany Paola Calderon, Kamran Khodakhah
      Pages 135-153
    3. Cristina Alcacer, Veronica Francardo, M. Angela Cenci
      Pages 155-185
  5. Perception, Learning and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Anastasia Bohsali, Bruce Crosson
      Pages 217-242
    3. Estrella Díaz, Juan-Pedro Vargas, Juan-Carlos López
      Pages 243-259
    4. Shaun R. Patel, Jennifer J. Cheng, Arjun R. Khanna, Rupen Desai, Emad N. Eskandar
      Pages 261-287
    5. Mary H. Patton, Aparna P. Shah, Brian N. Mathur
      Pages 289-315
  6. Motivation, Decision Making, Reinforcement and Addiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Sule Tinaz, Chantal E. Stern
      Pages 339-361

About this book


This text presents the contemporary understanding of the basal ganglia.  In a groundbreaking synthesis, diverse research perspectives grounded in neuroscience and neurobiology are bought together to reflect an integrated understanding of these deep brain structures.  The volume clarifies and broadens perspectives of the basal ganglia that have over the past few decades extended its functional-anatomic roles far beyond motor-centered models.  Contributions to the volume from leading basal ganglia researchers altogether relate the neural architecture and functional circuitry of the basal ganglia, its interactions with other major systems of the brain, its neurotransmitter and signaling mechanisms, its role in multiple cognitive and behavioral domains and in various neurocognitive, neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.  Many of the novel research techniques that have helped reveal the complex neural architecture and functional diversity of the basal ganglia are also given view.


Topics included in the coverage:

  •         Limbic, motor and thalamic basal ganglia circuits; parallel, direct and indirect systems
  •         Dopamine and its actions in the basal ganglia system
  •         Signaling mechanisms and l-Dopa-induced dyskinesia
  •         Controlled and automatic processing
  •         Cerebellar-basal ganglia, cortical striatal, and cognitive motor interactions
  •         Role of the basal ganglia in associative learning, language and perception
  •         Motivation, reinforcement and decision making in neuropsychiatric disorders
  •         Computational models including hierarchical control in voluntary behavior

The diversity of themes and depth of scholarship make for a volume relevant to researchers and clinical practitioners – in neuroscience, neurology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and speech-language pathology. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Jacques Soghomonian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and NeurobiologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

About the editors

Jean-Jacques Soghomonian received a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Aix-Marseille and a Ph.D. in neurological sciences from the University of Montreal. He completed postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Soghomonian maintains an active research program on the anatomical and functional organization of the basal ganglia in the normal brain and in experimental models of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Soghomonian teaches medical histology and medical neuroscience to undergraduate and graduate medical students, and is director of the graduate course Methods in Neuroscience. He currently serves on the MD-PhD admission committee at Boston University School of Medicine and on the qualifying committee in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Basal Ganglia
  • Book Subtitle Novel Perspectives on Motor and Cognitive Functions
  • Editors Jean-Jacques Soghomonian
  • Series Title Innovations in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Series Abbreviated Title Innovations Cogn.Neuroscience
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-42741-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-69485-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-42743-0
  • Series ISSN 2509-730X
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-7318
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 578
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neuropsychology
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